Morbid vs. Healthy Mindedness

Morbid vs. Healthy Mindedness—again, relying on Ernest Becker (and again, drawing from The Denial of Death) Becker regards morbid mindedness as linked to an inherent and unshakeable belief in the world as a horrible place in which to live. In contrast, healthy mindedness refers more to a calm belief that despite many examples of atrocity (and harm infected on people), most of us try to, at the very least, “do no harm” or “live and let live.”

Excessive morbidity correlates with cognitive rigidity (or closed minded-ness) and emotional dogmatism (or deep pessimism). Such cognitive and emotional “states” make one less adaptable and creative than a more healthy minded orientation, which correlates with cognitive flexibility and emotional pragmatism.

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