Mar 18, 2009, 08:34AM

Until death do us* part

*Us meaning me and my personal possessions.


Rather, a school of experimental psychology called, frighteningly, Terror Management Theory (TMT) informs this study.

Simply put, we are not talking about the subconscious desire for death, as Freud suggests, but rather the way humans attempt to avoid death entirely, to cope with its imminence. TMT piggybacks off of the work of the University of California anthropologist and psychologist, Ernest Becker who wrote the 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial Death (Woody Allen gives this book to Diane Keaton during their courtship in Annie Hall).


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