Role of "Quiet Ego" in Fear/Terror Management



I am pleased to introduce the social psychology researcher Dr. Pelin Kesebir who has for several years been studying fear (e.g., anxiety, terror, and role of culture as a buffer to death anxiety); and has acknowledged in recent correspondence with me the critical importance of "fear" in societies overall. I included the above excerpt from one of her articles (2014) in J. of Personality & Social Psychology 106(4), 610-623. To read full article A Quiet Ego.pdf 

Note: Kesebir is inspired and researches generally under the Terror Management Theory (sub-field) in social psychology, an area I have respected and cited in many of my own publications for decades. Very important empirical research is offered in TMT that supports and critiques the way we engage with fear (and its management). I look forward to more conversations with Dr. Kesebir and may all Fearlessness Movement ning members perhaps find time to read some of this work and comment. For more info. from Dr. Kesebir, contact: 

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  • I enjoyed reading Dr Kesebir's paper. Humility is an essential component for rendering adequate care in the healthcare settings. Patients tend to gravitate much better to clinicians who they perceive as humble and open to sensitive conversations. Patients are more compliant with plans from providers who they believe care more about treating them as a whole being versus providers who only focus on addressing their disease process. It takes humility and compassion from the clinician to really ask those pertinent questions to help create a productive and anxiety-free relationship with patients 

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