Executives Must Face Their Own Mortality

"Matters came to a head for Zara, an operations executive in an IT company, when her husband Bruce found her hyperventilating on their kitchen floor at 6 a.m. on Christmas morning. “She was close to total collapse".

When we repress our fear of death and refuse to confront it, like Zara, many of us develop a death anxiety that can all too easily manifest itself in one or more of several highly dysfunctional behaviors.

Reflecting on her behavior, Zara came to realize that a major contributing factor to her stress was that she would soon be thirty-five, the same age as her mother was when she had died, leaving Zara and her siblings alone with a despondent father."

Blog door Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries