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PostSubject: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:49 am

Hello,

I was going to post this on the OCD topic I just made, but I feel it needs a discussion of its own.

As you may be aware many disorders can cause ruminating thoughts.

I have had an extreme fear of death (or losing a loved one) since I was 3 years old. To the point where I'd vomit and have panic attacks.

It was a mystery to my family because I had never lost anyone,or even a pet. (having now experience the loss of a nanna and pets I cannot come to terms with it, and it was 7 years ago.)

Sadly, my parents never took me to a doctor about this because they thought I'd grow out of it. I haven't.

My fear of death lead to me obsessive behaviours and obsessive interests to distract me from the cloud of death that follows me.

My fear of death stopped me making friends and socialising, so couple that with obsessive interests, I had no time for friends.

Anyway, I don't know what to do. Does anyone else suffer from this?

What are you coping mechanisms?
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:57 am

Really don't fear it . I just embrace the fact Thai its inevitable so enjoy the ride while it last
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Wed May 04, 2016 5:13 am

OldskoolNBK wrote:
Really don't fear it . I just embrace the fact Thai its inevitable so enjoy the ride while it last

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:24 pm

I used to go into my room when i was little and think about how fucked up i was going to be when my mom died.
i would end up sobbing and think about it for the next month or so.
It takes practice to not go there. And now, about 17 years later. Ive managed some self control on the subject. And next to self control I have found strength in surrendering. I dont know. I cant control death. So i might as well live.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:25 pm

my mom is old : /
like 70 right now. and i dont think about it anymore. it takes practice. if i can do it you can do it
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:35 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:57 pm

Ldude wrote:
If it's any consolation, you will never experience death.

Perfect point!

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:44 am

Never really had a fear of death myself, can't wrap my head around how people are afraid of iy.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:30 am

When I die, I want to be reincarnated as a deer.

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:50 am

When people say fear of death what exactly do most mean? The pain? Where you will be after? That limbo between being alive and then taking your last breath?

I feel like it's no use stressing out over it until it actually happens. I do sometimes wonder whether there's such thing as heaven and hell and if I go to hell will I still have more suffering to do.

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:49 am

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When I die, I want to be reincarnated as a deer.
Hopefully your deer life will be as exciting as hers.
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shades wrote:
When people say fear of death what exactly do most mean? The pain? Where you will be after? That limbo between being alive and then taking your last breath?

I feel like it's no use stressing out over it until it actually happens. I do sometimes wonder whether there's such thing as heaven and hell and if I go to hell will I still have more suffering to do.
I think a good part of the fear is the unknown. Not knowing what's going to happen after you die. Personally, I find it hard to believe there is an afterlife and all this other stuff. It makes a lot more sense that humans were a result of evolution and not some bigger being creating us and that when we die, that's it.

I have no problem with Christians or religious people or whatever. Everyone is free to believe whatever they want. It doesn't affect me one way or the other what other views people have about religion. I'm just speaking for myself.

On the Basement Tapes, Dylan and Eric made fun of Christians and implied they didn't believe in God and whatnot but in his journal, Dylan asked why God was being 'such a dick' to him or something along those lines. I forget exactly what he said but it was something like that. And Dylan talked a lot about the afterlife. So regardless of what he was saying in front of Eric, I think he believed he was going some where after death. I just wonder, if he believed in that stuff, why he would think he'd go anywhere else but Hell for murdering people? Oh well. I guess we'll never know.

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:44 am

Cause the thing is, we are taught to fear about Hell after we die and we will suffer there if we're evil or do bad deeds whatsoever. I used to fear at one point when I was younger that oh my goodness, If I'm not good and if I die and go down I won't even be in peace. I will be punished and all that.

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On the Basement Tapes, Dylan and Eric made fun of Christians and implied they didn't believe in God and whatnot but in his journal, Dylan asked why God was being 'such a dick' to him or something along those lines. I forget exactly what he said but it was something like that. And Dylan talked a lot about the afterlife. So regardless of what he was saying in front of Eric, I think he believed he was going some where after death. I just wonder, if he believed in that stuff, why he would think he'd go anywhere else but Hell for murdering people? Oh well. I guess we'll never know.

Indeed. He did have a mantra to himself that he will be in a 'better place'. I can't fault him for having that desire for HIMSELF, despite that fact that he did do a horrid sin and that was to take people's lives.
Hence, I'm back to square one and am confused. Is he punished, or is his soul where he desires to be.

I think the better question is where your soul wanders to after you die or is the stress unnecessary and you just no longer exist.

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:47 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:54 am

To be honest, I don't fear the act of death only the pain preceeding it infact (however fucked up) sometimes I feel jealous of people who get to discover whats next (if anything) before myself..... Okay that sounds fucked up. I am not suicidal by the way lol
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:06 am

I don't fear death (Nothingness isn't painful; if you think a bit about it, it would be like asking "what was I in 1500 d.C.?" And there you go, you have your answer. Non-existence doesn't hurt). What I truly fear is that after my last breath I won't be able to experience new things anymore.
I hope that some time in the future we'll have the chance to store a digital conscious copy of ourselves, just in case...
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:39 pm

AKA a natural survival instinct.

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:43 pm

I am not afraid of death. I am a big baby when it comes to pain, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:30 pm

Used to be back when i wanted to commit suicide and when i was at the height of my obsession with murder, death etc.
Then it dissipated when i stopped being suicidal and started to appreciate my life more. Now i'm convinced that all suicidal people really want is to live, not just survive like the lot of us here.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:36 am

I find it hard too comprehend that my subconscious will cease to exist
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:56 am

I am not afraid of death. How one dies however is more of what I would be actually concerned about. A painful, long, agonizing death is what I would fear. But the simple act of dying would not bother me if it was inevitable. I will add that I see death differently than how most would. Even if I died there will be some others out there very much like me in the philosophical sense, so that is something of comfort for me to seek solace in.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:50 pm

i'm not afraid to die, just make it quick and painless and i'll be fine
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:35 pm

Death is an Illusion
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:57 pm

I don't necessarily fear death, but I do fear the impact my passing would have on my family.

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:16 pm

I only fear death when I'm on antipsychotics.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:55 pm

I am quite afraid of death. Because I'm an atheist I believe death is just eternal darkness, and eternal darkness is terrifying to me. It's just....complete nothingness. Your life ends and that's it. Nothing else. If there really is an afterlife, I hope it's reincarnation. You're one person one minute, and the next minute you're a different person at a completely different place. Or maybe an animal, although I'd prefer to only be reincarnated as a human.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:45 am

I have no fear of death. There are endless possibilities of what it could be. What if it's just an altered state of consciousness? We will not be sure, and never will because we will not experience it, as we won't know what's going on.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:35 am

I have a fear of losing a loved one but I'm personally not scared of death....I had a problem in the past where I lost a loved one and so on my feelings disappeared (expect feelings for my family). I would like to say something but don't be judgemental. At this point I kinda don't care if I live or die.

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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:42 am

DooMRebel wrote:
I have a fear of losing a loved one but I'm personally not scared of death....I had a problem in the past where I lost a loved one and so on my feelings disappeared (expect feelings for my family). I would like to say something but don't be judgemental. At this point I kinda don't care if I live or die.

Sorry for your loss. You shouldn't be concerned about your death, I agree with you about that.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanatophobia (fear of death)   Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:52 am

I'm going to be reincarnated as a magpie.

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