The symbols and themes that convey the spirit and mood of a culture
How we think, feel and behave when we encounter a situation that has an association with death
A document that instructs medical personnel on an individual's wishes should a situation arise in which that person cannot communicate directly. Often involves the request for limiting the type of medical interventions. Known as an advanced directive.
Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
A law that permits people, upon their own deaths, to designate their bodily organs for transplantation to other people
Relates to the range of responses that an individual may experience in relation to attitudes and fears associated with death.
A form of anxiety in which an individual responds by ejecting certain key features of reality in an attempt to avoid or reduce anxiety. One's self apears to be totally organized against recognizing death-laden reality.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A severe, sometimes delayed , type of response related to exposure to death as well as other types of loss.
A term coined by psychoanalysts that refers to the expressed fear of dying that serves as a disguise for what those who espouse this school of thought believe is actually the true, underlying fear-castration anxiety.
A philosophical position that emphasizes people's responsibilities for their own lives and deaths.
The belief that future events have already been determined; therefore, one is powerless to affect the future.
A situation that sharply reminds people of their personal vulnerabilities to death.
A form of mental, and perhaps biomedical, illness in which a persn is out of contact with reality and emotionally alienated from others.
The ability of a person to act competently in meeting needs and pursuing goals.
Terror Management Theory
A theory based on the proposition that many of our socicultural beliefs, symbols, and practices are intended to reduce our sense of vulnerability and helplessness in prospect of death
A theoretical approach that emphasizes the survival function of death related anxiety
Pertains to the sense of affinity or communism betwee life and death and belief that th same reality underlies both
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