`There is much that is fascinating here. Long-established experiments and conclusions are rubbished and reinterpreted, long-established assumptions and beliefs about emotions are soundly trounced, and generally a good going-over is delivered to the whole field... it is such a blockbuster that one can only reel backwards and tell anyone studying the subject that they would be crazy not to get it' - Self & Society This fascinating book overviews the psychology of the emotions in its broadest sense, tracing historical, social, cultural and biological themes and analyses. The contributors - some of the leading figures in the field - produce a new theoretical synthesis by drawing together these strands.
Chapter 6: Historical Perspectives on Grief
Historical Perspectives on Grief
Grief can be a powerful emotion. Such is its power that many people assume that grief is a basic reaction to loss, visible not only in humans but in various other mammals who display stunned response to loss for various periods of time – like the dogs whose baying or withdrawal at the death of a master helps them qualify as man's best friend. Yet grief is also a variable (Averill and Nunley, 1988). Its intensity differs greatly from one individual to the next, confronted with otherwise similar loss. Its manifestations – possibly even its existence, in any clearly definable form – also vary from one culture to the next. Some cultures react to loss not ...