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Death and Delusion : A Freudian Analysis of Mortal Terror - J.S. Piven

Death and Delusion

A Freudian Analysis of Mortal Terror

Paperback Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9781593111243
Number Of Pages: 292

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This book argues that conventional interpretations of Freudian psychology have not accounted for the existence and complexity of death anxiety and its intrinsic relation to the creation of illusions and delusions. This book contends that there is sufficient evidence to support the view that death anxiety is not only a symptom of certain modes of psychopathology, but is a very normal and central emotional threat human beings deal with only by impeding awareness of the threat from entering consciousness. The immanence of the fear of death requires vigilant defensive and coping techniques, especially the distortion of reality through these defenses and fantasies, so that over-whelming terror does not psychologically cripple the organism. The fear of death is so horrific that human beings must insulate themselves in religious, social, and private illusions, rituals, obsessive pursuits, self-glorification, and myriad desperate attempts to lie about the quintessential nature of reality. Death is that terror that induces psychopathology. This book demonstrates that a careful reading of Freud reveals a copious amount of material supporting these propositions.

Death, disavowal, and fantasyp. 21
Death, repression, narcissism, and misogynyp. 49
Super-ego, submission, and deathp. 81
Birth, death, dread, and religionp. 103
Death and the Wolf Manp. 125
Transience, mourning, and the fear of deathp. 141
Pleasure and deathp. 153
Death, neurosis, normalcy, and massacrep. 187
Conclusionsp. 219
Addendum : on experimental studies in terror managementp. 237
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ISBN: 9781593111243
ISBN-10: 159311124X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 5th September 2000
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.41