Recent reports have suggested there may be as few as seven 'basic' emotions. If this makes you experience uncertainty, mistrust and possibly even disappointment - The Book of Human Emotion is here to prove you right. In fact, emotions are a vast, rich and varied field, influencing every area of our lives; from anger to zeal, each entertaining and informative bite-size entry in this unique book explores a feeling or an emotional topic, drawing on art, science, literature, music and popular culture to reveal the surprising connections and fascinating facts behind our emotional lives.Consider l'esprit de l'escalier - the experience of thinking of the perfect retort, long after it would have been useful. Or waldeinsamkeit - the German term for the feeling of unease that overtakes you when you're alone in a forest. Or even arigata-meiwaku - the Japanese phrase for having to be grateful for a favour you've received, which you didn't really want and which has caused you a lot of trouble. Even the simple act of yawning can express anything from ennui to desire. However you're feeling, The Book of Human Emotion has something that will tickle your humour, soothe your cares or pique your interest.Reseña del editor:
Recent research suggests there are only six basic emotions. But if this makes you feel uneasy, suspicious and maybe even a little bereft, The Book of Human Emotion is for you. From anger to zeal, each entertaining and informative alphabetical entry reveals the surprising connections and fascinating facts behind our emotional lives.
Whether you're in search of the perfect word to sum up that cosy feeling you get from being inside on a cold winter's night, surrounded by friends and good food (what the Dutch call gezellig) or wondering how nostalgia evolved from a fatal illness to enjoyable self-indulgence , Tiffany Watt-Smith covers the globe and draws on history, anthropology, science, art, literature, music and popular culture to find the answers. And that feeling of listless depression you get on a rainy Sunday? It was first defined by the early Christian hermits, who called it accidie.
Each emotion has its own story, part of a vast, rich and varied field, influencing every area of our lives; but however you're feeling, there's something here that will tickle your humour, soothe your cares or pique your interest.
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