All my life I've been afraid of the concept of dying one day.


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All my life I've been afraid of the concept of dying one day. I have memories to back where I was around 8 where that though worried me. Followed me my entire life and now that I'm close to my mid 30s is getting worse and worse.

I hate going to sleep, because every time I feel my conscious slipping into dreams my brain starts screaming "THIS IS WHAT DYING IS LIKE YOU WILL FADE INTO NOTHINGNESS AND BE GONE FOREVER" and then I'm wide away again. I fucking hate it, it ruins my life.

  1. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Seek therapy. Thanatophobia is real.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Sounds like you need professional help, not whatever we can offer.

      This.
      Nothing to be ashamed of

  2. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Sounds like you need professional help, not whatever we can offer.

  3. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Damn, I'd kill myself

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      What bothers you more; death or the fear of death?

      I fucking love my life, which is in part why I'm so afraid.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        If you loved your life, you wouldn't be here, mate.
        The fear of death is simultaneously the biggest problem we face, and not a problem at all.
        How exactly would your life be different if you did not have this fear?

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          What's so lovable about life if it so prominently features this fear? You don't love life, you are simply terrified of its ending, because this life is all we know.

          I don't want to be a homosexual who brags on LULZ, but you can thrust me when I tell you that I've been very fortunate with many of life's lotteries. I have feel worries except this fear, which is probably part of why it's so pronounced.

          Read White Noise by Don DeLillo. Or watch the movie adaptation on Netflix. Seeing a fictionalised version of this fear might help you to sublimate it.

          Usually can't stand netflix shit, but I'll check out the book. Thank you.

          Tell what exacerbates the fear, any particular media?

          Mostly being alone with my thoughts.

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            >I have feel worries
            *I have few worries

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            You need exposure therapy. Seek out situations that heighten your fear. Do this as often as possible, as much as you can stand. If you aren't terrified, you aren't doing it right.
            Eventually, your sensitivity to death, or at least the fear of death will lessen.

            In short, stop running!

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            Watch this movie. If it disturbs you, good, watch it again the next day.

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            Now once you've watched those, it'll be big boy time: this. (2008 original, not the shite remake)

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Read White Noise by Don DeLillo. Or watch the movie adaptation on Netflix. Seeing a fictionalised version of this fear might help you to sublimate it.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        What's so lovable about life if it so prominently features this fear? You don't love life, you are simply terrified of its ending, because this life is all we know.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Tell what exacerbates the fear, any particular media?

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Leo Tolstoy was like this; he became the greatest novelist of all time (whilst he was still alive!) only to realise he was going to die.

  4. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    What bothers you more; death or the fear of death?

  5. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Your main fear is feeling of emptiness or nothingness. You associate feeling of nothingness with panic and fear but that doesn't have to be the case.

    Meditate 30min-1hr daily to get used to the feeling of nothingness. I'm sure it would help.

  6. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Why fear the inevitable? The act of dying is (usually) a pretty quick process so it'll be over before you know it. A lot of people who have died and came back actually have said the process was very peaceful. Some of them were actually pissed they were brought back to the mortal coil.

    Also, your brain likes to think what nothingness is like but it's wrong. Our brains are completely incapable of understanding two things: infinity and nothingness. The closest approximation I can think of is to remember that the universe existed 13.7 billion years before you were born. Were you happy or sad during this time? Of course not. Everything happened in an instant according to you. And just like how you were brought in, everything will fade away when you die.

  7. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Be like Andy McNab. All this existential shit will only give you a headache. You can't stop death, but you can avoid habits in the present that worsen your mood.

  8. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    The fear of death is the one thing that prevents absolute boredom. That's a positive.

  9. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Imagine having a disease you can't get rid of trying to kill you every hour of every day for 25 years from when you were a kid.
    Then imagine realizing, humans live about 70-100 years, usually 80? on average. And maybe about 60? of those years are actually used well.
    And then you look at the time line of earth, the sun, the universe.
    And you realize. We are already dead.
    Our lives are less then a ant (they live about 8 months).
    You look at an ant gather food, build an anthill, and do work shit in it's anthill city.
    And then a flood comes and kills most of them.
    But there's another anthill doing the same thing somewhere else.
    They don't realize how small and pointless they are.
    But you can realize it for your own species.
    There are 8 billion people, only a couple million basically like less then 1 out of every million do something that makes a "diffrence".
    And it's usually only people who get lucky enough to get crazy rich.
    It's kind of sad that mostly only the crazy rich can do anything that makes a "diffrence".
    And getting lucky enough to be that rich, is more impossible then a lot of people make it seem.
    Even making like 1 million can be impossible.
    People basically make bets, and 99% lose.
    But then the 1% says how easy it is.
    Not everyone can be that 1%.
    We need to kill most of humanity, not all.
    Don't kill all, just most. There's a diffrence.
    There could be hope for a better world, if you have less people i think. Prove me wrong.
    Anyways, i could maybe say more, but running out of post text limit.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      I guess my point was most shit in world/humanity/society is fucked, and it's gonna stay fucked.
      Worring about death isn't going to unfuck shit.

      But if i get a million $ i might buy a lot of "iron man" type armor shit. I worry about people with guns.
      Then maybe try to build drones, and become a one man army to try to "fix" the world.
      Or just live a life thats not like my poor shit life.
      One or the other. Could do either one.

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    “I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.”

    ― Woody Allen

  11. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    literally more than 7 billion people have died before you. you're going to join them. it is not a big deal.

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