Human awareness of their restricted existence, and the fact that they must at one time perish, has a significant effect on their behavior, feeling, and thoughts. The emotional suffering and fear linked with anticipation of death are quite hurting that they strive to protect themselves from death (Becker 3). Persons face challenges to endure encountering their mortality openly; hence, they suppress the complete consciousness of dying and death (Varki 684). Subsequently, it contributes to the rejection of death and they inhibit the death-linked beliefs.
People tend to defy death by change their behavioral reaction and raise their reliance on certain defense processes in case their death salience is triggered. Moreover, when the anxiety of death is triggered, persons are likely to become progressively defiant in the manners that are detrimental to themselves and others (Becker 9). Although in the beginning people react positively by accepting life more completely, after a short time, most individuals normally retreat to a more defiant posture. In addition, people tend to defy death to safeguard themselves hence they misplace perspective providing significant to unimportant matters in their lives (Varki 684). Precisely, they appear to live life as if they will not face death.
The possibility of death generates various attitudes towards death. The defensive response to demise has a challenging impact on the person. Again the possibility of death influences people to lose their excitement and spirit toward life. Therefore, they slowly become controlling and more rigid hence reducing their collection of experiences (Varki 684). Similarly, they start to encourage hateful or cynical attitudes toward self and turning out to be progressively more depressed and less joyful about their lives. Some people over-intellectualize the issues regarding death, acquiring philosophical stand to maintain themselves one step detached from feeling regarding their mortality (Becker 10).
People should know that death and birth are critical part of their lives. Therefore, they should avoid beliefs that death is a source of grief and anxiety or a taboo. In so doing, they have a chance to live joyful and peaceful lives as well as die willfully (Becker 11). By comprehending that mortality is natural, it helps to remove the taboo that has masked it. In this regard, they turn out to be more embracing of the element of their mortality. People should take control of the negative attitudes about death by speaking with others about their thoughts and attitudes as well as anxieties with close friends to permit free transfer of feelings. Nonetheless, it may be challenging since most persons are intolerant of the issue. When individuals are aware that mortality is part of their lives, they largely initiate a profound and more enduring respect for their lives (Becker 13). More importantly, they are able to defy their own defensive response to mortality anxiety (Varki 684). Similarly, they are able to live a better life and encounter both pain and joy of existence deprived of illusion and fantasy.
The feeling of death normally leads to peculiar defenses because of anxiety. People normally think about death in unconscious manner and the idea that all people must die produce significant effect on their behaviors, feelings, and thoughts. The emotional anguish and fear linked to end of life is quite agonizing that people start to protect themselves (Varki 684). They also suppress the full knowledge of dying and death and establish different defenses.
Becker, Ernest. The denial of death. Simon and Schuster, 2007.
Varki, Ajit. “Human uniqueness and the denial of death.” Nature 460.7256 (2009): 684.