Meaning, Mortality, and Choice: The Social Psychology of Existential Concerns

Meaning, Mortality, and Choice: The Social Psychology of Existential Concerns

by Shaver
     
 

A fundamental aspect of being human is knowing that one day we will die. Efforts to contend with this knowledge are at the root of a great many social behaviors across a variety of domains. These behavior include, on the one hand, the development of symbolic language, the creation of art and music, and efforts to transcend the human body. On the other hand,

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A fundamental aspect of being human is knowing that one day we will die. Efforts to contend with this knowledge are at the root of a great many social behaviors across a variety of domains. These behavior include, on the one hand, the development of symbolic language, the creation of art and music, and efforts to transcend the human body. On the other hand, awareness of mortality has spawned acts of aggression against enemies, real or perceived, and extreme reactions such as terrorism and suicide.

In this thought-provoking addition to the Herzliya Series on Personality and Social Psychology, Shaver and Mikulincer have gathered a distinguished group of thinkers to investigate these existential concerns within a framework that is both philosophical and practical. Theorists examine the nature of universal themes such as the importance of personal choice and human autonomy in an arbitrary world and the vital roles of parenthood and religion in providing solace against the threat of meaninglessness. Clinicians discuss the use of various psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies, emphasizing the mind's propensity to assign value in ways that can be either maladaptive or liberating. The result is a cohesive, well prepared book filled with cutting-edge research.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433811555
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
06/15/2012
Pages:
438
Sales rank:
1,228,082
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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