From Publishers Weekly
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. With science writer McCarthy, he shows that animals of all kinds lead complex emotional lives. This subject is avoided by many behavioral scientists for fear that they will be accused of anthropomorphism; the authors look carefully at that issue. They argue that scientists use a double standard, depending on whether the behavior is human or nonhuman ("a cheetah is not frightened by a lion; it shows flight behavior"). The authors are sharply critical of animal research in psychology, which they liken to torture. Most human emotions can be observed in other animals?grief, anger, dominance, jealousy, compassion, altruism, gratitude; the book offers examples. "If we wish to learn about other animals, they must be taken on their own terms, which includes their feelings," stress the authors, who make a compelling case for animals' having feelings to begin with. First serial to Cosmopolitan and New Age Journal; BOMC, QPB, Nature Book Study and National Wildlife Federation selections; audio rights to Recorded Books and Books on Tape.
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From School Library Journal
YA?Animals do in fact lead emotional lives, according to Masson. He has managed to find hundreds of anecdotes from the published works and field studies of such noted behaviorists as Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Cynthia Moss that support his theory. It seems that, despite the fact that anthropomorphism is among the worst of scientific taboos, these respected scientists cannot help but notice the similarities between human and animal behavior. Chapters are organized by topic, such as fear, love, grief, and even compassion and beauty. An index provides access by species and by personal name of both people and animals. An excellent resource in psychology, this title will also be a useful addition for animal research. Its clear and conversational style makes it interesting for general readers as well. A well-documented, compelling, and thought-provoking defense of animal emotions.?Robin Deffendall, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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