How Emotions Work

Paperback | November 1, 2001

byJack Katz

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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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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 beyon...

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Road rage on L.A. freeways; the laughter of families at a fun house; a child's temper tantrum; a criminal's interrogation-room breakdown. In How Emotions Work, Jack Katz examines these situations and more, seeking clues to help us understand our emotions, their sources, and the often-surprising ways they lead us to behave.

Jack Katz is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:407 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226426009

ISBN - 13:9780226426006

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
One: Pissed Off in L.A.
Two: Families and Funny Mirrors
Three: Shameful Moments
Four: What Is Crying?
Fog and Fugue: An Introduction to Two Cryings
Five: An Episode of Whining
Six: Crying in the Whirlpool: A Murderer Breaks Down under Police Interrogation
Seven: Mundane Metamorphoses
Notes
References
Index