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The Psychology of Mortality Awareness: Living and Loving with Death Anxiety
August 4

The Psychology of Mortality Awareness: Living and Loving with Death Anxiety


With Brian Mistler, Health Administrator/Psychologist

Knowledge of our own mortality plays a key role in human life, evidenced across time and traditions. Together we'll survey philosophical, religious, and poetic reflections on mortality, review modern psychological research examining the impact of thinking about death on decision making, develop strategies for having difficult conversations with others, and explore how our ability to approach taboo can often be tied to self-esteem, gratitude, present awareness, and improved quality of life for ourselves and those we love.

Tues., Aug. 4 • 1-3 p.m.


$20 • Class #: 31189

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Brian Mistler

Brian Mistler

Dr. Brian J. Mistler (Ph.D.) is a healthcare and administrator and mental health expert, currently chief operating officer of ResolutionCare, a benefit corperation providing palliative care through the end of life, and recently executive director of Student Health and Wellbeing Services at Humboldt State University. Previous appointments at institutions included associate dean of students, health director, counseling director, and Title-IX coordinator/legal compliance officer, and over 15 years of teaching at universities/hospitals. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Mistler has published widely on legal, physical-/mental-health, and social justice issues in top journals and served on national boards including Center for Collegiate Mental Health, NASPA Region VI, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and Journal of College and University Student Housing. Brian received his M.A. (conflict resolution) from The University of Bradford as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the U.K., P.G-Cert (financial management) from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. (counseling psychology) from the University of Florida, specializing in data science and organizational change management.