The Other Side of Sadness

What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss


By George A. Bonanno

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In this thoroughly revised and updated classic, a renowned psychologist shows that mourning is far from predictable, and all of us share a surprising ability to be resilient

The conventional view of grieving–encapsulated by the famous five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance–is defined by a mourning process that we can only hope to accept and endure.

In The Other Side of Sadness, psychologist and emotions expert George Bonanno argues otherwise. Our inborn emotions–anger and denial, but also relief and joy–help us deal effectively with loss. To expect or require only grief-stricken behavior from the bereaved does them harm. In fact, grieving goes beyond mere sadness, and it can actually deepen interpersonal connections and even lead to a new sense of meaning in life.
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On Sale
Nov 5, 2019
Page Count
368 pages
Basic Books

George A. Bonanno

About the Author

George A. Bonanno is professor of clinical psychology and director of the Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Association for Psychological Science, and International Positive Psychology Association. The author of The Other Side of Sadness, he lives in New York City and Woodstock, New York.

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