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A slap in the face : why insults hurt, and why they shouldn't

Author: William Braxton Irvine
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
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William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them, examining not just memorable zingers, such as Elizabeth Bowen's description of Aldous Huxley as "The stupid person's idea of a clever person," but subtle insults as well, such as when someone insults us by reporting the insulting things others have said about us:  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Braxton Irvine
ISBN: 9780199934454 0199934452 0199934460 9780199934461
OCLC Number: 798809728
Description: vi, 253 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Insult arsenal --
Words like daggers --
Subtle digs --
Bludgeoned with praise --
Benign insults --
Insult psychology --
World of hurt --
Who gets hurt? --
Why we insult --
Dealing with insults --
Personal responses to insults --
Societal responses to insults --
Insults, the inner game --
Insights.
Responsibility: William B. Irvine.
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In A Slap in the Face, William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them.  Read more...

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