Death Anxiety

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There are two things in this life that we are all bound to encounter, stress and death. Stress is something that affects each and every human, each and every day. Some of us may have higher levels of stress than others. One reaction to stress may be anxiety. Anxiety is a physiological, as well as a psychological state. Anxiety may be viewed as a “more intense” form of stress. Each person will differ when it comes to their own personal causes of anxiety but quite a common worrisome form is that of death anxiety. Every living human being will eventually die, that is a universal truth but quite a bitter pill to swallow. What happens after death? Why is it my time to die? When will I die? How will I die? Etc. These are the types of questions…show more content…
Past and future do not bum as brightly as the present—the here-and-now will tell you immediately who you are today. A result of the intense here-and-now perspective is a lack of reflection, which is important for growth. It provides an opportunity to interpret experience and grow from it. Reflection allows students to make choices. When reflection is absent, new modes of action are hard to develop. Repeated car accidents, lower death anxiety scores found in this study, and other consistent life-threatening behaviors, may be related to this lack of reflection (Article 1, pg.15).” This quote, more or less sums up the view of life from an adolescent perspective. It is quite hard to decipher the experience of “death” and what one can learn from their dealings with death that will make it “easier” to deal with. There is also a link between low levels of death anxiety and high risk behavior. The less one thinks of their own death, the more likely they are to engage in risky activity that could end in the one thing they do not think about, death. As stated before, death anxiety is not a discriminatory disorder; it affects both men and women. The area of who suffers more is not so crystal clear though. It is quite murky considering there have been surveys where women have a somewhat significant higher level of death anxiety than men, as well as surveys where it is quite equal. There is a noticeable difference in how females view
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