Psychological theory positing that much of what we do and how we behave is ultimately driven by an unconscious fear of our inevitable future death — that most of society’s existential angst can be explained by this gnawing sense of uncertainty and a motivation to avoid having to think about this unpleasant truth.
- Ernest Becker — The Denial of Death
- the death wish
- thrill seeking
- “moth to a flame”
- attraction to danger
- drug addiction and the addiction cycle more generally