The Fear of Death

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.

Relation to:

  • Ernest Becker — The Denial of Death
  • the death wish
  • self-destructiveness
  • thrill seeking
  • “moth to a flame”
  • attraction to danger
  • drug addiction and the addiction cycle more generally