The uniquely human awareness of death causes potentially debilitating terror that we “manage” by embracing cultural worldviews that give us a sense that we are valuable persons in a meaningful universe, and thus eligible for literal or symbolic immortality. The quest for immortality underlies some of humankind’s most noble achievements. However, it also engenders some of our most ignominious affectations, including: distain for people with different beliefs; unwavering support for charismatic leaders; contempt for the environment; insatiable pursuit of money and stuff; and reckless disregard for our physical well-being.
Research demonstrates that death anxiety affects almost every domain of our lives. Understanding the role of death in life by helping professionals will improve assessment and treatment both individually and systemically, ultimately promoting physical, emotional, and societal wellbeing.
This course will include psychological, philosophical and anthropological insights, illustrated with historical and contemporary examples and verified by research. It will be of interest to anyone who applies behavioral science to professional practice, including therapists, lawyers, clergy, business leaders, and teachers. Learn more at: https://www.cape.org/sheldon-solomon: