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  1. Michael J. Power

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0810

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Power, M. J. 2010. Sadness. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Until recently, the study of emotion (or the “passions,” as they were originally called) was primarily left to novelists, poets, and philosophers, who have provided some of the most poignant analyses of emotions such as sadness, whether from the Bible:

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Psalms)


  • depression;
  • dysphoria;
  • emotions;
  • feelings;
  • sadness