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The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss

The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss

by George A. Bonanno

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In this thoroughly revised and updated classic, a renowned psychologist shows that mourning is far from predictable, and all of us share a surprising ability to be resilient
The conventional view of grieving--encapsulated by the famous five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance--is defined by a mourning process that we can only hope to accept and endure.
In The Other Side of Sadness, psychologist and emotions expert George Bonanno argues otherwise. Our inborn emotions--anger and denial, but also relief and joy--help us deal effectively with loss. To expect or require only grief-stricken behavior from the bereaved does them harm. In fact, grieving goes beyond mere sadness, and it can actually deepen interpersonal connections and even lead to a new sense of meaning in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541699427
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

George A. Bonanno is professor of clinical psychology and chair of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University's Teachers College. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

Author's Note viii

Chapter 1 The Worst Thing That Could Ever Happen 1

Chapter 2 A Bit of History 11

Chapter 3 Sadness and Laughter 25

Chapter 4 Resilience 45

Chapter 5 Whatever Gets You Through the Night 67

Chapter 6 Relief 83

Chapter 7 When Grief Takes Over 95

Chapter 8 Terror and Curiosity 113

Chapter 9 Between Was and Is and Will Be 131

Chapter 10 Imagining the Afterlife 145

Chapter 11 Chinese Bereavement Ritual 169

Chapter 12 Thriving in the Face of Adversity 195

Acknowledgments 205

Notes 207

Index 229