Fleeing the Body: A Terror Management Perspective on the Problem of Human Corporeality

  title={Fleeing the Body: A Terror Management Perspective on the Problem of Human Corporeality},
  author={Jamie L. Goldenberg and Tom Pyszczynski and Jeff Greenberg and Sheldon Solomon},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={200 - 218}
From the perspective of terror management theory, the human body is problematic because it serves as a perpetual reminder of the inevitability of death. Human beings confront this problem through the development of cultural worldviews that imbue reality-and the body as part of that reality-with abstract symbolic meaning. This fanciful flight from death is in turn the psychological impetus for distancing from other animals and the need to regulate behaviors that remind us of our physical nature… 

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