Remembering the Initial Realization of One's Own Mortality

Melissa Soenke, Jeff Greenberg, Elizabeth S. Focella

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Research shows many effects of reminding people of their mortality; however, little is known about whether people recall the moment they first realized they will die, or what factors are associated with whether they do. Data from 1,552 undergraduates and a community sample of 149 adults found that about one third of participants reported remembering the moment. Individuals who recall the moment have slightly lower self-esteem, are more likely to believe in a soul, and are more prone to dissociation than those who do not. Further research into how recollection of the moment relates to psychological well-being is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)648-653
Number of pages6
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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