The Nature of Grief: The Evolution and Psychology of Reactions to Loss, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Nature of Grief

The Evolution and Psychology of Reactions to Loss, 1st Edition

By John Archer


336 pages

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The Nature of Grief is a provocative new study on the evolution of grief. Most literature on the topic regards grief either as a psychiatric disorder or illness to be cured. In contrast to this, John Archer shows that grief is a natural reaction to losses of many sorts, even to the death of a pet, and he proves this by bringing together material from evolutionary psychology, ethology and experimental psychology.

This innovative new work will be required reading for developmental and clinical psychologists and all those in the caring professions.


'I received my copy of The Nature of Grief in the mail earlier today, and I have not been able to put it down. Although I have not completed it, I wanted to compliment you on an absolutely extraordinary work. It is MUST reading for any stress and coping or bereavement researcher, and will learn a lot from reading it. Thank you for your superb contribution to our field.' - Roxane Silver, University of California, Irvine

'A number of psychologists have written about bereavement in recent years, but this is the first to adopt an evolutionary perspective. I am delighted to discover that this point of view can be developed in an original and intelligent way.' - Colin Murray Parkes

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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health