"And Yet It Was a Blessing": The Case for Existential Maturity

Linda L. Emanuel*, Neha Reddy, Joshua Hauser, Sarah B. Sonnenfeld

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Abstract

We are interested in the kind of well-being that can occur as a person approaches death; we call it "existential maturity." We describe a conceptual model of this state that we felt was realized in an individual case, illustrating the state by describing the case. Our goal is to articulate a generalizable, working model of existential maturity in concepts and terms taken from fundamentals of psychodynamic theory. We hope that a recognizable case and a model-based way of thinking about what was going on can both help guide care that fosters existential maturity and stimulate more theoretical modeling of the state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-327
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of palliative medicine
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

Keywords

  • existential maturity
  • human development
  • psychodynamic perspective
  • terminal illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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