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008 120601s2013 enk b 001 0 eng
010 _a 2012021464
020 _a9780199934454 (alk. paper) :
020 _a0199934452 (alk. paper)
035 _a(OCoLC)841164682
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049 _aALDA
050 0 0 _aBF698.35.R47
_bI78 2013
082 0 0 _a155.2/32
092 _a155.232
100 1 _aIrvine, William Braxton,
245 1 2 _aA slap in the face :
_bwhy insults hurt--and why they shouldn't /
_cWilliam B. Irvine.
260 _aOxford ;
_aNew York :
_bOxford University Press,
300 _avi, 253 p. ;
_c19 cm.
590 _a$21.95 11-2013 (db)
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references (p. [241]-246) and index.
505 0 _aInsult 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.
520 _aWilliam 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: "I never read bad reviews about myself, " wrote entertainer Oscar Levant, "because my best friends invariably tell me about them." Irvine also considers the role insults play in our society: they can be used to cement relations, as when a woman playfully teases her husband, or to enforce a social hierarchy, as when a boss publicly berates an employee. He goes on to investigate the many ways society has tried to deal with insults--by adopting codes of politeness, for example, and outlawing hate speech--but concludes that the best way to deal with insults is to immunize ourselves against them: We need to transform ourselves in the manner recommended by Stoic philosophers. We should, more precisely, become insult pacifists, trying hard not to insult others and laughing off their attempts to insult us.
650 0 _aResilience (Personality trait)
650 0 _aInvective.
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