::Death anxiety (psychology)


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Death anxiety is the morbid, abnormal or persistent fear of one's own mortality. One definition of death anxiety is a "feeling of dread, apprehension or solicitude (anxiety) when one thinks of the process of dying, or ceasing to ‘be’".<ref>Definition by Farley G.: Death anxiety. National Health Service UK. 2010, found in: {{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> It is also referred to as thanatophobia (fear of death), and is distinguished from necrophobia, which is a specific fear of dead or dying persons and/or things (i.e. others who are dead or dying, not one's own death or dying).<ref>The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company</ref> Lower ego integrity, more physical problems, and more psychological problems are predictive of higher levels of death anxiety in elderly people.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}

The thought of [our] destruction is like a light in the middle of the night that spreads its flames on the objects it will soon consume. We must get used to contemplating this light, since it announces nothing that has not been prepared by all that comes before; and since death is as natural as life, why should be so afraid of it?

– Louis, chevalier de Jaucourt, for Diderot's Encyclopédie <ref>Jaucourt, Louis, chevalier de. "Death." The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project. Translated by Malcolm Eden. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library, 2007. Originally published as "Mort," Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, 10:716–718 (Paris, 1765).</ref>

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