Topic: Control

Loss of Control Leads People to Seek Order Through Superstition, Ritual

Oct. 2, 2008

Individuals who lack control seek to find and impose order in the world through superstition, rituals and conspiratorial explanations, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin and published in Science.

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Nursing researcher examines what people want to control as end of life unfolds

June 2, 2008

After 30 years in nursing, Debbie Volker has learned if there's one thing people want to do on their own terms, it's die. She tells the story of a weakened, dying woman who just wanted to have her Christmas tree decorated. The woman hung a few ornaments each day, succumbing to cancer a few days before Christmas. But the tree was done. Another patient's request was to be transported by air from Houston to West Texas so he could see his cattle one last time.

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