Hurt Feelings: Theory, Research, and Applications in Intimate Relationships

Hurt Feelings: Theory, Research, and Applications in Intimate Relationships

By: Luciano L'Abate (author)Hardback

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Hurt feelings are universal and are present in human beings as well as in animals. These feelings are usually avoided by human beings and overlooked by the scientific and professional mental health communities. Yet, if unresolved and not shared with loved ones and professionals, they tend to fester in our bodies and effect our functioning. If not expressed and shared with caring others, anger, sadness and fear are at the bottom of mental illness. Developmentally, each of these feelings respectively gives rise to antisocial acts, depression and severe mental illness. This book suggests that instead of traditional one-on-one, face-to-face, conversation-based interventions, distance writing will allow mental health professionals to assign interactive practice exercises specifically focused on hurt feelings.

About Author

Luciano L'Abate, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he developed the first doctoral Family Psychology Program in the world. He is a Diplomate and former Examiner of the American Board of Professional Psychology and Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Author or co-author of more than 300 papers, chapters and book reviews in professional and scientific journals, he is also author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 45 books, with six other books at various stages of production. His work has been translated in Argentina, China, Denmark, Finland, French-Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Poland. In 2003 he received a Silver Medal from the President of the University of Bari and the Renoir Prize from the University of Lecce in Italy for Outstanding Achievement. In 2009 Dr L'Abate was the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions in Applied Psychology from the American Psychological Association.


1. The nature of hurt feelings: what is intimacy?; Part I. Background: 2. Hurts: the avoided feelings; 3. The origins of hurt feelings; 4. The developmental socialization of hurt feelings; 5. Hurt feelings in the family; Part II. The Scientific Bases of Hurt Feelings: 6. The discovery of hurt feelings: the pioneers; 7. Biological processes underlying hurt feelings: with special attention to neural mechanisms Lin Xiao, Dana Smith, Antoine Bechara and Luciano L'Abate; 8. Gender and individual differences in hurt feelings; 9. Cultural differences in hurt feelings; 10. The psychopathology of hurt feelings: influences on physical and mental health; Part III. Applications of Hurt Feelings in Mental Health: 11. Sharing social support: self-help, health promotion, and prevention of mental illness; 12. Psychotherapy: sharing hurt feelings and fears of being hurt; Part IV. Models of Hurt Feelings in Theory and Applications: 13. Hurt feelings: a construct in search of a theory.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521193641
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 444
  • ID: 9780521193641
  • weight: 700
  • ISBN10: 0521193648

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