Encyclopedia of Emotion
by Gretchen M. Reevy with the assistance of Yvette Malamud Ozer and Yuri Ito
September 2010, 675pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-34574-6
$191, £147, 167€, A262
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Do men and women feel things differently? What’s going on in your body and mind when you’re happy, sad, frustrated, or under stress? How bad do episodes of anger or depression have to be before they cross the line from “normal” to something requiring help? And, for those extreme cases, what can be done to help those suffering from serious emotional disorders?

This unique two-volume reference is an accessible, up-to-date resource for the rich and fascinating study of human emotion.

Drawing on both contemporary and classic research, Encyclopedia of Emotion explores the complex realities of our emotional lives and communicates what psychologists have learned about them to date in a clear and captivating way. The landmark work bridges the divide within psychology as a discipline between basic and applied science, gathering together in one comprehensive resource both theoretical and clinical perspectives on this important subject.

In two volumes, Encyclopedia of Emotion offers more than 400 alphabetically organized entries on a broad range of topics, including the neurological foundations of emotional function, competing theories of emotion, multicultural perspectives on emotions, emotional disorders, their diagnosis and treatment, and profiles of important organizations and key figures who have shaped our understanding of how and why we feel the way we do.


  • Comprises 400 A–Z entries on emotion, including general emotions, emotion theories, emotion research, emotional disorders, treatments of emotional disorders, assessment of emotional traits, organizations devoted to studying emotion, and significant people who have contributed to the understanding of emotion
  • Provides a chronology of the ways emotion has been conceived, research on emotion, treatment of emotional disorders, and assessment of emotional traits
  • Offers a bibliography of suggested print and online resources on emotion for further research
  • Includes a comprehensive index
Gretchen M. Reevy, PhD, is lecturer in the Psychology Department at California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA. Reevy coedited The Praeger Handbook on Stress and Coping.

Yvette Malamud Ozer is a school psychologist with a master's degree from California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA.

Yuri Ito is an MBA candidate at California State University, Sacramento.


"Encyclopedia of Emotion will satisfy many—perhaps most—queries of students and curious lay readers..."—Booklist, January 1, 2011

". . . features content that is helpful for psychologists, social scientists, and humanists. . . . Highly recommended. Academic and large public libraries; lower-level undergraduates and above, and general readers."—Choice, March 23, 2011

"For a researcher interested in finding quick facts, theories, and controversies surrounding topics of emotion, the Encyclopedia of Emotion is an excellent starting point. The Encyclopedia of Emotion is a practical reference for individuals who are looking to find a brief synopsis of a particular term or topic relevant to the field of emotions. The entries are concise and clear in the presentation of facts and theories. As a reference tool, it succeeds in meeting the basic needs for researchers in the area of emotion."—PsycCRITIQUES, June 6, 2011
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