Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Death, Overview

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_452


Death, most generally, indicates some type of “ending.” Commonly, it refers to the end of life itself. As such, death is something that all human beings, as living, biological organisms, inevitably must face. Indeed, our unique awareness of death embeds our experience with a temporal dimension, which implicitly and explicitly shapes our lives across the developmental life span (see Kastenbaum, 1992, 2012; Yalom, 1980, and Mauer 1966) for concepts of death in early development). Death terminates a person’s life and subjective narrative - resulting in nothingnessand nonbeing. This terrifying realization often conjures immense anxiety, and people have historically looked for ways to cope with the ontological and existential issues surrounding death. Included are religious and cultural notions of the afterlife and even quests for immortality. However, despite the significance death has on humanity, most of us experience day-to-day life with little immediate awareness of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Psychological StudiesNova Southeastern UniversityDavieUSA