Historical–psychological reflections on emotion and human subjectivity

@article{Louw2014HistoricalpsychologicalRO,
  title={Historical–psychological reflections on emotion and human subjectivity},
  author={J. Louw and Willem van Hoorn},
  journal={South African Journal of Psychology},
  year={2014},
  volume={44},
  pages={205 - 215}
}
The changeability of human beings over time is the central theme of this article. Emotion in Western society, in particular grief, is selected to provide a case history of mental change over a long time period. Two historical examples are examined: from Greek Antiquity, a scene from Homer’s Iliad, and from around 90 ce, a consolation letter written by Plutarch to his wife. These are contrasted to modern-day psychological advice given to grieving spouses and parents. It is argued that these… Expand
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