When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals

Kobo ebook | October 21, 2009

byJeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Susan McCarthy

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This national bestseller exploring the complex emotional lives of animals was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and as "marvelous" by Jane Goodall.

The popularity of When Elephants Weep has swept the nation, as author Jeffrey Masson appeared on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, and was profiled in People for his ground-breaking and fascinating study. Not since Darwin's The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals has a book so thoroughly and effectively explored the full range of emotions that exist throughout the animal kingdom.

From dancing squirrels to bashful gorillas to spiteful killer whales, Masson and coauthor Susan McCarthy bring forth fascinating anecdotes and illuminating insights that offer powerful proof of the existence of animal emotion. Chapters on love, joy, anger, fear, shame, compassion, and loneliness are framed by a provocative re-evaluation of how we treat animals, from hunting and eating them to scientific experimentation. Forming a complete and compelling picture of the inner lives of animals, When Elephants Weep assures that we will never look at animals in the same way again.


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This national bestseller exploring the complex emotional lives of animals was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and as "marvelous" by Jane Goodall.The popularity of When Elephants Weep has swept the nation, as author Jeffrey Masson appeared on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, and was profiled in People for his ...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 21, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really interesting Scientists are trained not to “anthropomorphize” animals, which includes attributing “human” emotions to them. Yet, even as pet guardians, we can often tell that our pets are happy or sad. This book takes a look at anecdotes and studies that, though they weren’t intended to show whether or not animals have emotions, they seem to show it. I found this really interesting. I know of a lot of the animals mentioned (some of Jane Goodall’s chimps, Dian Fossey’s gorillas, Irene Pepperberg’s parrot, Alex, and more from my psychology classes in university), but this book brings them all together in one place to show what most people would agree, that animals do feel. Be warned that Masson is vegan and you can tell his feelings about certain things (vivisection, for instance), but I agree with most of his points, so it didn’t bother me. This was written in 1995, so I’m not sure if some things have changed in the meantime.
Date published: 2010-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational! An absolute must read for anyone who has compassion for the animal kingdom amoung us. I borred this book from a friend of mine and have read it several times over. I am now in the process of aquiring my own copy. Simply awe-inspiring data that too many scientists have over-looked for centries. Finally a well written, scientific approach to animal equality!
Date published: 2005-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Science of Animal Emotion Why is it that scientists are afraid to discuss emotion? Even with human beings, our psyches are something that clinicians seem able to reduce to motivations and pathologies. Yet this book explores the incredible examples of "human" emotion among animals, to challenge the traditional view of an unfeeling animal kingdom. Agree or disagree, the book is thought provoking. The science is strong enough to keep it credible, but not so heavy as to get in the way of a good read. For anyone who loves animals, or anyone interested in a comparative view of the human condition, this is a book that you can't miss.
Date published: 2000-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHEN ELEPHANTS WEEP AMAZING! THERE IS NO DENYING THE ABSOLUTE EXISTENCE OF ANIMALS FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS, AND THIS BOOK IS THE "BIBLE" WHICH REVEALS ALL. YOU CANNOT LEAVE THIS BOOK ALONE. THE SAD REALITY OF MAN'S NAIVETE, AND THE EXAMPLES OF UNDENIABLE EMOTION OF ANIMALS IN THIS READ KEEP YOU COMING BACK FOR MORE! IT SITS ON MY COFFEE TABLE INVITING ALL WHO VISIT TO PERUSE THROUGH IT. HOWEVER, ONCE SOMEONE PICKS IT UP I FIND THEM TAKING IT HOME TO FINISH! THIS IS A MUST FOR ALL ANIMAL ENTHUSIASTS, AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE SKEPTICS, READ THIS AND YOU MAY LIKELY CHANGE YOUR POINT OF VIEW.
Date published: 2000-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When Elephants Weep I fell in love with this book over two years ago when it came out in hardcover, and have been recommending it ever since. As a life-long advocate for animal welfare based on their sentience and emotion, I welcomed another reference point. Full of short anecdotes and researched stories showing that animals can not only think, but feel, this book is perfect for any animal lover, or those interested in behaviour or animal psychology. One complaint: I already know animals have feelings, and so much of the book is spent trying to convince the reader of this -- it was wasted on me. I would have preferred less "persuasive discussion" and more stories. Well worth the price, even if you just pick through to read the tales of animals and their obvious emotional capabilities.
Date published: 1998-10-28