Sheldon Solomon, Ph.D.

Sheldon Solomon, Ph.D.
Dr. Sheldon Solomon is a psychologist and the Ross Professor for Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College. He is best known for developing Terror Management Theory, along with Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski, which is concerned with how humans deal with their own sense of mortality. Dr. Solomon is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and several books, including In the Wake of 9-11: The Psychology of Terror. He’s been featured in several films and TV documentaries as well as countless radio interviews.

Blogs by Sheldon Solomon, Ph.D.

Video Playlist: Dr. Sheldon Solomon

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Terror Management Theory and Moral Courage: Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Sheldon Solomon talks about Terror Management Theory as it relates to moral courage. SS: The term moral courage I got actually from taking my kids to see the movie Little Women, when it was used in reference to… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Small But Forceful Agents of Change: Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Sheldon Solomon talks about the power of individual kindnesses. SS: I often say to the students, in part, because I need to hear it myself, is, “You know, how many of you know the names of the people… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on the Higher Education Opportunity Program (H.E.O.P.): Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Sheldon Solomon talks about a New York State program for economically and academically disadvantaged kids. So New York State has a program for economically and academically disadvantaged kids.  And they pay for half and Skidmore pays for the… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on the Fantasy Bond: Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Dr. Sheldon Solomon talks about the Fantasy Bond. SS: You know, Horney’s view was that all of us of necessity experience what she called basic anxiety, you know, the attachment people call it primal terror.  Call it what… Read more »

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The Higher Education Opportunity Program (H.E.O.P.): Interview with Dr. Sheldon Solomon

The Higher Education Opportunity Program (H.E.O.P.) Sheldon Solomon talks about a New York State program for economically and academically disadvantaged kids. SS: So New York State has a program for economically and academically disadvantaged kids. And they pay for half and Skidmore pays for the other half. And these are kids, you know, from every… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on the Current Philosophical Climate in the United States: Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Current Philosophical Climate in the United States SS: “Philosophical principles that now prevail in our country are literally based on assumptions that are just unambiguously incorrect.” …Locke said that people vary in ability. He called it industry. He… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Death Awareness and Psychological Growth: Exclusive Interview

Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Death Awareness and Psychological Growth Dr. Sheldon Solomon talks about death anxiety and life affirmation. SS: …we like our work but we’re kind of sick of death denial and we’re more interested in life affirmation. And, you know, so we think we understand in quotes how death anxiety can be malignantly… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Defenses Against Death Anxiety

Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Defenses Against Death Anxiety Dr. Sheldon Solomon talks about common defenses against death anxiety. LF: In your work, you focus on defenses against death anxiety that help keep it out of people’s awareness. I was wondering if you could describe those a little bit of what you see as the main… Read more »

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Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Human Destructiveness: Exclusive Interview

The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with Dr. Lisa Firestone and Dr. Sheldon Solomon. Dr. Sheldon Solomon on Human Destructiveness Dr. Sheldon Solomon talks about human destructiveness from a Terror Management Theory perspective. LF: How do you make sense out of human destructiveness coming from a Terror Management Theory perspective? SS: Well,… Read more »

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