`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.

Vignette 7: A Private Eye into Disgust

Vignette 7: A private eye into disgust

Imagine V.I. Warshawski, Sara Paretsky's feisty, quick-witted private eye. In Tunnel Vision, she is getting close to 40 and so is beginning to slow down a little. It is a Saturday morning and the case is nowhere near solved, in fact matters seem to be worsening. She goes up to her office in the old condemned Poulteney Building and discovers the body of a friend sprawled across her desk. The friend has been smashed over the head with a baseball bat, leaving a congealing ‘pool of brain and blood’.

Behaving slightly out of character, and thereby proving that she has her limits, V.I. almost fainted. She fell to the floor and her hand ...

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