Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thantophobia: The Fear of Death

Thantophobia is the irrational fear of death. This phobia is extremely unhealthy and it greatly diminishes the quality of life. When you are in constant fear of death, it is impossible to enjoy life. All you know and all you experience in life is extreme anxiety 24 hours day, 7 days a week.

Violent movies, violent video games and news stories on violent crimes, unhealthy foods and recalled medicines are all believed to contribute to this phobia. Hypochondria is most likely linked to this phobia as well.

I’ve talked to a few people who are more afraid of death now after the recent untimely deaths of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Billy Mays. The bottom line is that life is short and our days are numbered. None of us knows when or how we will leave this world. We shouldn’t spend what time we have left worrying about when we will die. Live your life to the fullest, because no amount of worrying is going to change anything.


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