How Our Brains Shield Us From Worrying About Our Demise

Researchers say that our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. The brain doesn’t accept that death is related to us. When our brain gets information that links self to death, something tells us it’s not reliable and we shouldn’t believe it. Being shielded from thoughts of our future death is crucial for us to live in the present. The protection switches on in early life as our minds develop and we realize death eventually comes to us all. We are able to lead a relatively normal and happy life only because the brain shuts down predictions about our death and prevents us from consciously thinking about the idea that we’re going to die. While we can’t rationally deny that it will someday happen, our brain helps us to think of it more as something that happens to other people.