Death anxiety is rich with clues to one’s unrest

Death anxiety can be described as free-floating anxiety that one feels about dying yet is often repressed and experienced in other ways. For instance, some people may try to assert control and unconsciously advance their power and control in the world while others obsessively fight the signs of aging and still others perpetually run from relationships, careers, homes, and even life through a myriad of ways. However it plays out, Yalom suggests it be given space to consider. Often people are asked about a five-year plan when few are asked to consider their lives if they knew they did not have much time left.

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