How the fear of death shaped human society
Human society is shaped by many things, but underlying them all is one fundamental force - our fear of death. This is the ground-breaking theory explored in Mortals.
Rachel E. Menzies completed her honours degree in psychology at the University of Sydney, taking out the Dick Thompson Thesis Prize for her work on the dread of death and its relationship to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Beginning in her undergraduate years, her work on fear of death and psychopathology has been published in Clinical Psychology Review, Australian Clinical Psychologist and several leading international journals. She has been invited to speak at distinguished international events and to deliver a workshop tour across seven cities with the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT). She was the lead editor of Curing the Dread of Death: Theory, Research and Practice, and, having completed her masters and doctoral degrees in psychology in 2020, she has recently taken up a postgraduate fellowship at the University of Sydney. She can regularly be heard on national radio, popular podcasts and at relevant public events such as The Festival of Death and Dying.
Ross G. Menzies completed his undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in psychology at the University of NSW and is now a professor in the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Over his career he has been founding Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University of Sydney, National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), President and Convenor of the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), and, most recently, founding Director of the newly formed World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (WCCBT). He has trained psychologists, psychiatrists and allied health workers in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) around the globe and is the previous editor of Australia's national CBT journal, Behaviour Change. He continues active research and has published nine books and more than 200 journal papers and book chapters.