Death themes, manifest and latent
W hile affects, intuition, empathy, and action play a role in psychotherapy, the essence of the treatment experience is conveyed through words. Meaning, experience, interaction, communication, and adaptation are most tellingly language-based. Indeed, the other aspects of the therapeutic experience cannot be precisely formulated or understood without addressing the words and contexts that characterize their nature and meanings. Grasping the problems posed by death itself and by the threat of death and death anxiety similarly requires language-based formulations, whatever affects it may arouse.
The development of the great adaptive resource of language for both internal representation and communication is perhaps the most distinctive feature of our species, Homo sapiens sapiens