No words, no actions speak louder than a single tear. Our emotional responses are mirrored in our tears of grief, sadness, despondency, hopelessness, relief, exhilaration, pride, and ecstasy.
Why do tears remain such a mysterious form of communication?
In this intriguing study, best-selling author and psychologist Jeffrey A. Kottler unravels the mystery of tears and offers insightful and often surprising answers to such questions as: Why do we cry? How do men and women¦s tears differ? How are tears interpreted in different cultures? When is crying therapeutic and when does it become self-destructive?
Kottler¦s searching questions explore the passion found in the human experience as he delves into the paradoxical nature of tears--that can express excruciating pain as well as exquisite rapture. In addition to the book¦s obvious emotional appeal it is filled with valuable information such as the evolutionary purposes of tears, the importance of crying for infants and small children, and scientific studies of the neuropsychology and biology of tears.
Wise, informative, and moving, The Language of Tears challenges many of our conventional attitudes toward tears and shows how valuable they can be as an opportunity for communication, intimacy, change, and enlightenment.
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