a theory postulating that management of death-related anxiety is the main operative of culture and the primary motivation in human actions. Individual self-esteem and a feeling of being worked into a strong human society are thought of as the most sufficient manners for human beings to defend themselves against the scary recognition of their own mortality.

TERROR MANAGEMENT THEORY: "The terror management theory is based heavily upon the work and research or Ernest Becker, an American cultural anthropologist, and further cultivated by Jeff Greenberg, Yom Pyszczynski, and Sheldon Solomon, all American psychologists."
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