chapter  3
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Historicizing Emotion: The Case of Freudian Hysteria and Aristotelian ‘Purgation’

ByR. Darren Gobert

This chapter focuses on parental bereavement which is described as the most grievous of losses' and is characterized by a sense of failure. William Worden states that grief has four dimensions: feelings, physical sensations, cognitions and behaviours. The cognitions and behaviours are particularly significant in relation to research for it is through these that the two other dimensions, feelings and physical sensations, are made manifest. The relationship between the longing for permanence of art and the desire for immortality is a truism, and author not dwell on it here other than to note the link between the creation and accumulation of durable objects as a form of denying mortality and the significant role that the ideals of permanence, stability and order play in the Western worldview. Christanto is aware of the possibility of his work performing the task of accommodating mourning, and the ability of art to have a healing effect both on the individual and on society.