Applications of Terror Management Theory

Chapter

Abstract

In general, people cope with death through two basic avenues, the enhancement of self-esteem and the protection of one’s cultural worldview. Neuroscientific evidence has shown a brain area called the insula plays an important role in the self-regulation of emotions associated with terror management, with regard to both self-esteem and empathic engagement with others. These principles of terror management theory provide a framework to unlock modern medicine’s unique and rather ingenuous strategies for the management of death anxiety through cognitive and neurological management of self-worth and worldview defense of medical culture.

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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyPoint Park UniversityPittsburghUSA

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