Sheldon Solomon

Sheldon Solomon is a social psychologist at Skidmore College. He earned his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas. 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.[1][2]

Solomon is the Ross Professor for Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore. He is the author or co-author of over a hundred articles and several books, and he has been featured in several films (Flight from Death) and television documentaries as well as radio interviews. He is also co-founder of Esperanto, a restaurant in Saratoga Springs, and inventor of the "doughboy", dough filled with cheese, chicken and spices.[3]

Sheldon Solomon co-authored the book The Worm at the Core: On the role of Death in Life with Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski.[4][5]

Solomon is one of those interviewed in the documentary Planet of the Humans, whereby he links the pursuit of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, to the reluctance of humans to face their own mortality.[6]


  1. ^ Solomon, Sheldon; Greenberg, Jeff; Pyszczynski, Tom (2004). Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology. The Guilford Press. ISBN 1-59385-040-9. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  2. ^ Vedantam, Shankar (December 24, 2007). "Reminders of Mortality Bring Out the Charitable Side". Washington Post. p. A03. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
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  4. ^ Solomon, Sheldon; Greenberg, Jeff; Pyszczynski, Tom (2015). The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. Penguin UK. ISBN 9780141981635. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Where does the soul go? New course explores spiritual existence". West Hartford News. October 14, 2015. Professor Sheldon Solomon of Skidmore College who co-authored the book The Worm at the Core: On the role of Death in Life commented about the JLI course: “This course strikes me as a very fine juxtaposition of ancient theological wisdom with contemporary empirical science. My sense is that this will be an interesting and rewarding educational and personal experience.”
  6. ^ "Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Full Documentary | Directed by Jeff Gibbs".

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