When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
The Emotional Lives of Animals

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This national bestseller exploring the complex emotional lives of animals was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and as "marvelous" by Jane Goodall.

The popularity of When Elephants Weep has swept the nation, as author Jeffrey Masson appeared on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, and was profiled in People for his ground-breaking and fascinating study. Not since Darwin's The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals has a book so thoroughly and effectively explored the full range of emotions that exist throughout the animal kingdom.

From dancing squirrels to bashful gorillas to spiteful killer whales, Masson and coauthor Susan McCarthy bring forth fascinating anecdotes and illuminating insights that offer powerful proof of the existence of animal emotion. Chapters on love, joy, anger, fear, shame, compassion, and loneliness are framed by a provocative re-evaluation of how we treat animals, from hunting and eating them to scientific experimentation. Forming a complete and compelling picture of the inner lives of animals, When Elephants Weep assures that we will never look at animals in the same way again.


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About Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

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Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of twenty-five books, including the New York Times bestselling When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love, as well as The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, The Face on Your Plate, and The Assault on Truth. An American, he lives in New Zealand.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by Delacorte Press. 320 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Who says that wolves show no compassion, that ants are clueless when it comes to rage, that crows don't enjoy a good wheeze--in short, that animals other than humans don't have emotions--demands Masson (My Father's Guru, 1992, etc.) in this entertaining, if undefinitive, collection of soulful ani...

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When Masson searched modern scientific literature on the subject of emotions in nonhuman animals, he found very little. So the psychoanalyst turned his attention and analysis to these other species. W

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An examination of the inner lives of animals, arguing that they possess an emotional sensibility not unlike that of humans. (June)

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An examination of the inner lives of animals, arguing that they possess an emotional sensibility not unlike that of humans.

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When Masson searched modern scientific literature on the subject of emotions in nonhuman animals, he found very little.

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Any pet lover will tell you that animals have emotions—the dog jumping for joy at the prospect of a walk, the kitten purring with contentment after a cuddle.

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London Review of Books

Though Masson is no longer a psychoanalyst he has retained the bad habit of ad libitum interpretation, and too often imputes to animals, or those who study them, whatever motives his argument demands: for example, that experimentalists hold that ‘if something does not feel pain in the way a human...

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