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date: 21 June 2021

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Most people exhibit resilience in the face of losing those they love most. Three views have been put forward concerning this pattern. First is the conventional view that this response gets things just right. Second, the quasi-medical view is that grief represents a pathological disorder. And third, the minority view is that our typical grief responses are in fact insufficient. This chapter explores this terrain by examining the surprisingly strong case to be made for the eccentric-sounding third view in light of the mismatch between the massive loss that is suffered and the relatively muted response that most people muster.

Keywords: love, death, grief, resilience, rationality, emotion, affect, Proust

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