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Adult Crying
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Crying is a typical human expression of emotion. Surprisingly, until now little scientific attention has been devoted to this phenomenon. Many textbooks on emotion fail to pay attention to it, and in scientific journals there are hardly any contributions focusing on this behavior. In contrast, there is much interest from the lay public, allowing pseudo-scientists to formulate theories that have little or no scientific basis. Is there any evidence in support of statements that crying is healthy or that not crying may result in toxification? How do people react to the crying of others? Is crying important for the diagnosis of depression, and if so, how? This book aims to fill this gap in scientific literature. Crying is discussed from several perspectives and specific attention is given to methodological issues and assessment. Each chapter provides a review and a summary of the relevant scientific literature.
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Frijda, Foreword. Acknowledgements. List of Contributors. Vingerhoets, Cornelius, Introduction. Kottler, Montgomery, Theories of Crying. Van Haeringen, The (Neuro)anatomy of the Lacrimal System and the Biological Aspects of Crying. Zeifman, Developmental Aspects of Crying: Infancy, and Beyond Childhood. Hastrup, Kraemer, Bornstein, Trezza, Crying Frequency Across the Lifespan. Vingerhoets, Boelhouwer, Van Tilburg, Van Heck, The Situational and Emotional Context of Adult Crying. Bekker, Vingerhoets, Male and Female Tears: Swallowing versus Shedding? The Relationship Between Crying, Biological Sex and Gender. Vingerhoets, Van Tilburg, Boelhouwer, Van Heck, Personality and Crying. Becht, Poortinga, Vingerhoets, Crying Across Countries. Cornelius, Labott, The Social Psychological Aspects of Crying. Eugster, Horsten, Vingerhoets, Menstrual Cycle, Pregnancy and Crying. Cornelius, Crying and Catharsis. Labott, Crying in Psychotherapy. Vingerhoets, Scheirs, Crying and Health. Patel, Crying and Psychiatric Disorder. Shaibani, Sabbagh, Khan, Pathological Human Crying. Scheirs, Sijtsma, The Study of Crying: Some Methodological Considerations and a Comparison of Methods for Analyzing Questionnaires. Cornelius, Vingerhoets, Epilogue. Appendix: Adult Crying Inventory. Index.

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Ad J. J. M. Vingerhoets is Professor of CLinical Health Psychology at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Randolph R. Cornelius is Professor of Psychology at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA.

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