How Emotions Work

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 1, 2001 - Psychology - 407 pages
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Many of the ways in which we express and react to emotions make very little sense. From the tears that mark both the best and worst moments in our lives to the rages sparked by the most trivial of traffic annoyances, emotions surprise us-they lead us to act in ways contrary to our better judgment, and they always seem to lie just beyond our control. In How Emotions Work, Jack Katz observes situations ranging from a criminal's interrogation-room breakdown to a child's temper tantrum, and offers new approaches to understanding our emotions, their sources, and the behavior they lead to, all with unprecedented clarity.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Pissed Off in LA
18
Families and Funny Mirrors
87
Shameful Moments
142
What Is Crying?
175
An Introduction to Two Cryings
223
An Episode of Whining
229
Crying in the Whirlpool A Murderer Breaks Down under Police Interrogation
274
Mundane Metamorphoses
309
Notes
345
References
381
Index
393
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Jack Katz is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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