小编摘要：主要来说， 这种恐惧有两个来源：第一， 认为老年将导致贫穷；第二，也是最普遍的来源，是过去错误而残酷的教训。
In the main, this fear grows out of two sources. First, the thought that old age may bring with it POVERTY.Secondly, and by far the most common source of origin, from false and cruel teachings of the past which havebeen too well mixed with "fire and brimstone," and other bogies cunningly designed to enslave man throughfear.
In the basic fear of old age, man has two very sound reasons for his apprehension-one growing out of hisdistrust of his fellowman, who may seize whatever worldly goods he may possess, and the other arising fromthe terrible pictures of the world beyond, which were planted in his mind, through social heredity before hecame into full possession of his mind.
The possibility of ill health, which is more common as people grow older, is also a contributing cause of thiscommon fear of old age. Eroticism also enters into the cause of the fear of old age, as no man cherishes thethought of diminishing sex attraction.
The most common cause of fear of old age is associated with the possibility of poverty. "Poorhouse" is not apretty word. It throws a chill into the mind of every person who faces the possibility of having to spend hisdeclining years on a poor farm.
Another contributing cause of the fear of old age, is the possibility of loss of freedom and independence, as oldage may bring with it the loss of both physical and economic freedom.
SYMPTOMS OF THE FEAR OF OLD AGE
The commonest symptoms of this fear are:
The tendency to slow down and develop an inferiority complex at the age of mental maturity, around the ageof forty, falsely believing one's self to be "slipping" because of age. (The truth is that man's most useful years,mentally and spiritually, are those between forty and sixty). The habit of speaking apologetically of one's selfas "being old" merely because one has reached the age of forty, or fifty, instead of reversing the rule andexpressing gratitude for having reached the age of wisdom and understanding.
The habit of killing off initiative, imagination, and self-reliance by falsely believing one's self too old toexercise these qualities. The habit of the man or woman of forty dressing with the aim of trying to appearmuch younger, and affecting mannerisms of youth; thereby inspiring ridicule by both friends and strangers.
主要来说， 这种恐惧有两个来源：第一， 认为老年将导致贫穷；第二，也是最普遍的来源，是过去错误而残酷的教训。
o 早衰。约4 0岁左右-心理成熟的年龄-就开始行动迟缓并产生自卑感，错误地认为自己因为年龄的增长正在失去自我。（其实，4 0-6 0岁正是一个人的黄金时期，身心两方面都是如此。）只因自己四五十岁了就习惯心存歉意地提到自己"老了"。相反，一个人应该因为到了这个充满智慧和领悟的年龄而心存感激。
o 故作年轻。4 0岁的人习惯追求年轻人的服饰和爱好，经常只会招来朋友与陌生人的嘲弄。