Death Anxiety and Clinical Practice

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CHAPTER SIX
The emotion-processing mind

The communicative approach embraces adaptation and communication as its fundamentals. This strategy has led to the careful definition of conscious and unconscious communication as described in the chapter 5. Communicative listening and formulating made it possible to explore and map the architecture of the emotion-processing mind -- the cognitive mental module that is responsible for adapting to emotionally charged impingements or triggering events. Definition of this module has made feasible a scenario for its evolutionary history and development and generated fresh insights into its immediate adaptive functioning.

The emotion-processing mind is composed of two systems -- the conscious system and the deep unconscious system. Each system adapts in very different ways to death and death-related issues. It therefore behoves us to define the distinctive adaptive resources and strategies utilized by each system so we can appreciate the differences between conscious and unconscious coping efforts in these areas.

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