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The concept and psychological consequences of symbolic immortality

Sturesteps, Valerie A.


The research study reported in this thesis examines Otto Rank's concept (1930) of Symbolic Immortality which proposes that people have a need to feel that they will transcend death in some way. Rank hypothesised that there are three ways, or modes, in which people can feel they have achieved Symbolic Immortality: 1. Having children - thus living on in the genes passed down to those subsequent generations (the Biological Mode) 2. Belief in life after death (the Afterlife Mode) 3....[Show more]

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Date published: 2013-10-04
Type: Thesis (Masters)


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