For all of us, coping with the death of a loved one is intensely traumatic. For sufferers of "complicated" grief, however, the trauma itself never seems to die; rather than dissipating over time, it becomes a vicious attachment cycle that erodes the brain's ability to function normally. In her interview with Big Think, psychiatrist Dr. Katherine Shear of Columbia University drew on her pioneering research on complicated grief to explain how this devastating cycle works, and how it can be broken.
During her thoughtful and candid conversation, Dr. Shear discussed some of her own prior experiences with bereavement and how they have informed her work. Finally, Dr. Shear revisited the work of past grief experts, including Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and Freud himself, and explained what has and has not survived of their once-revolutionary ideas.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- The research raises many ethical questions and puts to the test our current understanding of death.
What's dead may never die, it seems
An ethical gray matter
The dilemma is unprecedented.
Setting new boundaries
- A new concentrated solar plant is under construction in Dubai.
- When it opens next year, it will be the largest plant of its kind on Earth.
Believe it or not, for a few decades, giving people "milk transfusions" was all the rage.
- It went pretty much how you would expect it to.
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