Fear of Death Essay

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Fear of Death Ramon Roberto Sobrino PSY/211 April 3, 2014 Jorey L. Krawczyn, Ed. D “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell” Thanatophobia; commonly known as the fear of death, affects millions of people worldwide. Thanatophobia is the fear of death, dead things, or anything associated with death. Death is something we all must face at one point in our lives or another. It is either a death of a loved one, friend or co-worker. Sometimes it’s the devastation from a natural disaster. No matter what makes us face the idea of death it is how we handle this realization that truly matters. This essay narrates about an informal learning experience leading to the fear of death. Informal learning is an unorganized form of learning with no precise set of objectives; the learning is unintentional and is perceived from surroundings and interactions. Some of us fear death because we are scared of the unknown or knowing that we do not have control over it, and eventually death will take its place and we will no longer be here in Earth. When I was younger I went to my very first funeral, as a child seeing an open casket, with a body that has no life was very shocking, my brother picked me up so I could see the dead body and I fell on top of the casket, I was literally very scared. This informal teaching has taught me over the period of time that dead people are not dangerous and caskets are not harmful. There are some people who develop this fear due to the fact that they do not want to be alone, some just have no idea what awaits for them on the other side, sometimes religion has an important impact on the development of this fear. Fear of death can be acquired by classical conditioning; the casket is the unconditional stimulus. The unconditioned response was

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