Becoming aware of our own mortality can be a liberating and awakening experience, which can – paradoxically, it might seem – help us to live authentically and fully.
.I am concerned about the statement that " I am actually a miserable person. I've spent most of my life moping in depressions and things, but this has all lifted." Personally, as a depressed person, I don't spend my time moping and focusing on the transient things. I am depressed because of a chemical imbalance in my brain. But I guess it is all my fault after all? We depressed people are spending our time moping. Gee, if I knew it was that simple......
I take your point, but remember that this is a quote from Wilko Johnson, about his own experiences. He's just saying that since knowing that he is close to death from cancer, he has found that his depression has lifted. I guess that suggests that his depression wasn't so much due to a chemical imbalance, but maybe due to his attitude or perspective - but of course, that may not apply to you or other people.
all best, Steve
What ashame Psych Today removed this post from FB; perhaps more room on their wall was needed for more important articles on fashion and psych.Living in the moment as much as possible has helped tremendously since my diagnosis of End stage renal disease. I have, after years of dialysis, since been fortunate enough to receive a transplant from my ex wife, but still try to live my life in this new way.I believe most people's fear of death stems from the misconception and fear that death may be an end. there can be no end if there was no beginning; before you were an embryo you were many things, the milk your mom drank, the pickles and ice cream she craved; and so again you will become many things, (beetles, worms, birds, grass). to paraphrase Thich Nhat Hahn: dont say goodbye because I am still arriving everyday
Great article on an important subject so many are afraid to discuss
Thanks so much for your comments - it's wonderful to hear your perspective from the standpoint of your condition. There is quote from the Bhagavad-Gita which is similar to what you express- I can't remember the exact words but it's something like 'What is never born can never die.'
(I didn't know the post had been removed from facebook - perhaps because of the comment that thinking about death would spoil their weekend! But it was great that it was on the page for a while in any case.)
all the best, Steve
God Bless you and it is a great article that i have read so far .
the whole point is as you said " encourage us to live authentically ."
An interesting post - thank you. I wonder sometimes if not facing our own death is one of the things that fuels high anxiety around euthanasia.
Death is not necessarily inevitable and there are a number of realistic scientific scenarios involving mind uploading, cryonics, robotics, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, nanotechnology and the like that may render death optional.
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Steve Taylor Ph.D., is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University and a researcher in transpersonal psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.
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