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To what extend do you believe that unless you take death seriously life has little meaning?

p The Stress of Avoiding Death Acceptance as the Will to Power The Stress of Avoiding Death Acceptance as the Will to Power Friedrich Nietzsche in his philosophical undertakings , expanded on the work of Arthur Schopenhauer and the will to live to include his own theory of the will to power . Schopenhauer believed that individuals would be driven to their instincts to avoid death at all costs and procreate , as a means of continuing life , through their children Nietzsche , however , believed that individuals would risk death in their quest for

power in life and forgo their own instincts to avoid it Therefore , I believe that avoiding death creates stress and the very basic survival instincts will emerge . Persons , though , who are not afraid of death and do not take death seriously will be more likely to take risks and have less stress . Therefore , those , who do take death seriously will be diminished to very low levels of their own capabilities and will be afraid to take risks and will avoid change Those , who do not take death seriously , will be happier and able to pursue their goals . They will be empowered in , as in Nietzsche 's idea of the will to power

The implications of this in counseling are vast . Those , who fear success , failure , and abandonment (along with a host of other fears ultimately fear death and change . Those will likely be the persons seeking counseling in the first place . Individuals , who take risks are not afraid of either change or of death and will most likely not be seen in counseling if they are successful . Conversely , those , who excessively pursue success and power may be deemed self-destructive because they do not fear death . I would think these individuals would not voluntarily seek counseling , but may be forced to if they break a law or some type of norm violation that requires them to be seen by a therapist

The question posed is At what point does the success-driven person realize that their motivations may be self-destructive and they , in fact , have less control over their ultimate fate than they realize References Neitzche , F . Beyond Good Evil ' in Genealogy of Morality II :12

Neitzche , F . Will to Power ' in Nietzsche 's Published Works and the Nachlass . Journal of the History of Ideas (1996 , 57 :3 ,


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