Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Facing Death

  • Duygu DincerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_200187

Physical Death Versus Psychological Death

In the book titled The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker (1975) says that “the idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity – activity designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny for man.” (p. ix). So “we admire most the courage to face death” (p. 11). These explanations are right, but they are not enough to understand the truth of death. Because the physical death is not the only way of dying; another way is the psychological death. It also haunts human beings. But this haunting is not paralyzing; rather it is essential to born as a Person. From this point of view, we will focus on why “facing the psychological death” is a commendable activity, and we will search for the answer from the perspective of Sophia-Analysis.

Psyhological Death in Sophia-Analysis

According to Sophia-Analysis, not only the idea of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, Department of Counselling PsychologyIbn Haldun UniversityIstanbulTurkey