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There are strong indications that fear of life and fear of death are universal and already start to develop at an unconscious level before birth. Client-based research, using retrogressive analysis, was conducted to find empirical support for these notions and to assess whether these fears can be identified in the unconscious mind. From eleven subjects of varying age, cultural, and social background, in ten cases either fear of life or fear of death or both could be identified and related to the prenatal psychological development of the subjects. Certain fixed patterns of prenatal experiences were found that are linked to fear of life or fear of death. The findings of this study may aid therapists in determining their therapeutic approach