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The Psychology of Grief

1st Edition

By Richard Gross


128 pages

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What is happening emotionally when we grieve for a loved one? Is there a ‘right’ way to grieve? What effect does grief have on how we see ourselves?

The Psychology of Grief is a humane and intelligent account that highlights the wide range of responses we have to losing a loved one and explores how psychologists have sought to explain this experience. From Freud’s pioneering psychoanalysis to discredited ideas that we must pass through ‘stages’ of grief, the book examines the social and cultural norms that frame or limit our understanding of the grieving process, as well as looking at the language we use to describe it.

Everyone, at some point in their lives, experiences bereavement and The Psychology of Grief will help readers understand both their own and others’ feelings of grief that accompany it.

Table of Contents

Ch 1 Loss, Bereavement and Grief: What do they mean?

Ch 2 The experience and nature of grief: What is it like?

Ch 3 Trying to explain grief: What is it for?

Ch 4 Grief as a socio-cultural phenomenon: How should we grieve?

Ch 5 Grief and our relationship to the deceased: Who has died?

Ch 6 When does grief become abnormal?

Ch 7 The positive side of grief: Can it have beneficial outcomes?

About the Author

Richard Gross works for Cruse Bereavement Care, the UK’s largest organisation offering bereavement support. He has been an author of books in psychology for over 30 years.

About the Series

The Psychology of Everything

People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We’ve all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they’re thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life’s biggest questions.

The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.

Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Grief & Loss