The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. Serialised in quotes V: Build self-esteem to ward of the terror of death

I enjoy trying to capture the essence of books through extracting quotes, but sometimes, as in this extract, it doesn’t work. Is that because I’ve not done my part well or because this part of the book is weak? I don’t know, and I can’t b bothered to go and back and read the section to decide.

Self-esteem is a key to psychological security: it helps buffer anxiety, blunts defensive reactions to thoughts of death, makes people more resilient, and fosters physical, psychological, and interpersonal well-being.

Self-esteem is our symbolic protection against death. All of which raises the question: What can we do to acquire it? One tactic is to encourage individuals to cultivate diversified self-concepts.

Another approach is to foster the development of social roles and opportunities for people who would otherwise be marginalized or ostracized.


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