RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 436221092 LA English T1 Be very afraid : the cultural response to terror, pandemics, environmental devastation, nuclear annihilation, and other threats A1 Wuthnow, Robert., PB Oxford University Press PP Oxford; New York YR 2010 SN 9780199730872 0199730873 AB Examines the human response to existential threats--once a matter for theology, but now looming before us in multiple forms. Nuclear weapons, pandemics, global warming: each threatens to destroy the planet, or at least to annihilate our species. Freud, Wuthnow notes, famously taught that the standard psychological response to an overwhelming danger is denial. In fact, Wuthnow argues, the opposite is true: we seek ways of positively meeting the threat, of doing something--anything--even if it's wasteful and time-consuming. It would be one thing if our responses were merely pointless, Wuthnow observes, but they can actually be harmful.--From publisher description.