Full title: Cancer and the Threat of Death: The Cognitive Dynamics of Death-Thought Suppression and Its Impact on Behavioral Health Intentions
Learning that one has cancer is a terrifying thought. A natural reaction would be to suppress that thought, which can affect the way we approach and seek treatment.
This study investigates the cognitive association between thoughts of cancer and thoughts of death and their implication for screening intentions. Terror management and health threats are the main keywords of this paper.
Side note: Confluence 2019 speaker Hannah Cho uses a philosophical and psychological approach to death reflection and confronting our own mortality.