Title

Death Can Be Hazardous to Your Heath: Adaptive and Ironic Consequences of Defense Against the Terror of Death

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2000

Keywords

Adjustment, Death and Dying, Death Anxiety, Death Attitudes, Defense Mechanisms, Health, Mental Health, Theories, Well Being, Consequence

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/10353-006

Abstract

Explores the effects of the human awareness of mortality on physical and mental health. This exploration culminates in an analysis of both the adaptive and the ironic maladaptive consequences of the psychological defenses people use to manage the terror of death. To lay the groundwork for this analysis, the authors begin with an overview of terror management theory, followed by a general description of a number of research programs an theoretical refinements produced as a result of the initial empirical findings. The authors then examine the implications of this theory and research for the understandings of mental health and physical well-being.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Death can be hazardous to your heath: Adaptive and ironic consequences of defense against the terror of death, in P. R. Duberstain & J. M. Masling (Eds.), Psychodynamic Perspectives on Sickness and Health, p. 201-257

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