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Löfgren, L.B. (1966). On Weeping. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 47:375-381.

(1966). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 47:375-381

On Weeping

L. Börje Löfgren


Pertinent literature on weeping and so-called common knowledge about this phenomenon are reviewed. The main thesis of the paper is that weeping is an act whereby aggressive energy is dissipated in harmless, autoplastic, secretory behaviour. Thus, tears constitute a guarantee that the weeper is not going to become involved in interpersonal aggression, and by inference, tears do become the cleanest of all human secretions.

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