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Grief is an inevasible experience in life, although the intensity will vary depending upon respective coping mechanisms. Attachment is the root of grief and human beings are always living in an inter-subjective world with relationship with others hence we bond with family members, friends, relatives and grief upon their loss is inescapable. As Queen Elizabeth II put it, ‘Grief is the price we pay for love.’

Does experience happen only when the brain gets sensory stimuli (sight, sound, taste, smell, touch) or for experience to happen does it have to undergo some other complex process? A newborn infant is alarmed by certain sounds but with passage of time understands that there is no danger associated with it. Hundreds of such stimuli bombard our senses daily but as we grow up we now have a repertoire of past experiences… Read More

Immense gratitude we lavish upon those who can make us laugh, be it from a face-to-face or group interaction, a movie, sitcom, stories, book, YouTube clippings, own thoughts, or any other source. Amongst emotions/ feelings such as happiness, delight, contentment, ecstatic, jubilant and so on, that communicate an inner state of a person, laughter is the external indefensible manifestation of a body that is tickled pink due to the impinging humour. Individual… Read More

Crying is an innate characteristic in human beings. It is an involuntary mechanism but we are conditioned to suppress it as we grow up. Actors do seem to voluntarily generate tears but in life, under conditions of intense distress, one cannot regulate its flow but with societal dissuasion against crying, we have learnt to suppress this innate attitude. Children cry a lot and at that age it is an acceptable social behaviour…. Read More

Blame is an allegation that someone or something outside of oneself is responsible. Singling out any individual or a group for a flaw or transgression is called scapegoating and happens at all levels. J.F Kennedy’s assassination investigation went on for 10 months and finally Warren commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin. Conspiracy or individual scapegoating, till date it is inconclusive. The upper echelons be it leadership group (BP oil spillage… Read More

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