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Pages: 304

Language: English

Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (28 Feb. 2013)

By: Ad Vingerhoets(Author)

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Crying has fascinated mankind for millenia. Since ancient times, we have known that emotional tears are a unique human characteristic. Unsurprisingly, over hundreds of years, scholars from different backgrounds have speculated about the origin and functions of human tears.According to Charles Darwin, tears fulfilled no adaptive function. And yet, this seems in sharp contrast to statements in the popular media about the significance of crying. Crying is thought to bring relief and is considered healthy - and withholding tears unhealthy. In addition, tears have been said to inhibit aggression in assaulters and to promote social bonding. Perhaps that could explain why tears have been so important in our evolution.

Ad Vingerhoets is one of the few scientists in the world to have studied crying. He examines in Why only humans weep which claims about crying are scientifically tenable - which are fact and which are fiction? Though a psychologist, he doesn't just restrict himself to the current psychological literature, but also explores work in evolutionary biology, neurosciences, theology, art, history, and anthropology to provide an integrated perspective on this complex phenomenon. Written throughout in an academically accessible style, this book is groundbreaking in contributing to a modern scientific understanding of crying. It will have broad appeal to psychologists, psychiatrists, philosophers, biologists, and anthropologists.

Vingerhoets presents a detailed and accessible model of crying, which illuminates its biological and social function. Through this model, Vingerhoets is successfully able to address the broad issues that underpin the human experience of crying, illustrating how psychobiological, cognitive, emotional, and social processes interact to inform this phenomenon. (International Journal of Psychiatry)


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  • By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on 15 May 2013

    Somewhere between physiology and anthropology, with a humanistic dressing in the epigraphs, this is not translated from the Dutch - it just reads like it. 'The conclusion so far is that the reactions of people to crying and tears can vary considerably. Does integrating all of the research findings and insights presented here make it possible to predict how people will respond to the tears of others?' Makes you weep. Nice endpapersIf you're interested in why (some) humans weep, try Lydia Millet's Love in Infant Monkeys. Think we should weep more? War with the Newts may be for you. Want cheering up? A quick blast of 96 Tears (meisterwerk of ? and the Mysterions) should do the trick

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