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Seize the Moment Podcast

Nov 22, 2020

On episode 75 we welcome social psychologist and co-developer of Terror-Management Theory Sheldon Solomon to discuss his original research, which supported his hypothesis of death anxiety being at the core of most of our aggressive and selfish behaviors; how awareness of our mortality tends to make us more tribal and nationalistic; the backlash he and his colleagues received from academia when they presented TMT and why they decided to continue to explore its merits; how individual self-esteem is used to help us repress our collective terror of dying; the link between death anxiety and the subsequent creation of cultural values and beliefs; and how we can begin to tackle the problem of political polarization and the factors sustaining it.

Sheldon Solomon is a social psychologist, a philosopher, co-developer of Terror Management Theory, co-author of The Worm at the Core : On the Role of Death in Life

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