Abstract : A Mortal Stage of later life may be considered as a subdivision of Erik Erikson's eighth stage of life which he called Mature Age, characterized by issues of integrity versus disgust, despair. Mortality poses the optimal task of Realization (in many positive coping and existential senses) versus Denial (or other nonrecognition or emotional paralysis) or Fear (or apprehension or even terror). Premorbid awareness of illness may contribute to or challenge Realization. Literary examples also suggest a reviewing of one's life and works, possible regressions from genitality to anal preoccupations, little social withdrawal, and a compassionate interest in the next generation. In dying the self is not given up, but rather the alternate universe of further interpersonal relations had one lived on.
Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry – Guilford Press
Published: Sep 1, 2002
Keywords: Keywords: Mortal Stage or stage , mortal or mortal and stage , Premorbid stage , Erikson , Erik , Maturity or Mature Age , Aging or 8 Ages of Man