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Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, "The Denial of Death" is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie -- man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than twenty years after its writing.
a great book often cited in humanistic psychology literature; much post-Freudian analysis especially Otto Rank who also influenced Carl Rogers
The Denial of Death
The Chicago Sun-Times It is hard to overestimate the importance of this book; Becker succeeds brilliantly in what he sets out to do, and the effort was necessary. Albuquerque Journal Book Review ...to read it is to know the delight inherent in the unfolding of a mind grasping at new possibilities and forming a new synthesis. The Denial of Death is a great book -- one of the few great books of the 20th or any other century. New York Times Book Review ...a brave work of electrifying intelligence and passion, optimistic and revolutionary, destined to endure... Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. Author of On Death And Dying It puts together what others have torn to pieces and rendered useless. It is one of those rare masterpieces that will stimulate your thoughts, your intellectual curiosity, and last but not least, your soul...
Introduction: Human Nature and the Heroic
The Depth Psychology of Heroism
The Terror of Death
The Recasting of Some Basic Psychoanalytic Ideas
Human Character as a Vital Lie
The Psychoanalyst Kierkegaard
The Problem of Freud's Character, Noch Einmal
The Failures of Heroism
The Spell Cast by Persons - The Nexus of Unfreedom
Otto Rank and the Closure of Psychoanalysis on Kierkegaard
The Present Outcome of Psychoanalysis
A General View of Mental Illness
Retrospect and Conclusion: The Dilemmas of Heroism
Psychology and Religion: What Is the Heroic Individual?
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ISBN: 9780684832401 ISBN-10: 0684832402 Series: Free Press Paperback Audience:
Number Of Pages: 336 Published: 8th May 1997 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1 Edition Type: New edition