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Monika Renz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170888

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170888.001.0001

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What Is Primordial Fear?

What Is Primordial Fear?

“The ‘I’ Dies into a ‘Thou’ ”

(p.47) 3 What Is Primordial Fear?

Monika Renz

Mark Kyburz

John Peck

Columbia University Press

Dying patients cross an inner threshold of consciousness, which triggers a “threshold fear” referred to as primordial fear. Primordial fear and its two aspects—feeling forsaken and threatened —are explained and illustrated in detail by case vignettes.

Keywords:   Fear, trust/primordial trust, the numinous, spirituality, liminality, rites of passage

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