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Hamlet’s crisis of meaning, mental wellbeing and meaninglessness in the War on Terror

Pupavac, Vanessa

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Abstract

Drawing on Shakespeare, and in particular Hamlet's psychological crisis, this paper examines the relationship between emotions and meaning, a key theme in artistic work, but, it is argued, neglected in social psychology. Hamlet's psychological crisis is caused by the storng competing frameworks of meanings, which confronted individuals emerging from traditional society. Conversely the twenty-first century psychological crisis arguably relates to meaninglessness or the weakening of earlier sources of meaning. Studies exploring the crisis of meaning are applied to the War on Terror and international terrorism.

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Pupavac, V. (2008). Hamlet’s crisis of meaning, mental wellbeing and meaninglessness in the War on Terror. Mental Health Review Journal, 13(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2008
Deposit Date Jan 27, 2012
Publicly Available Date Jan 27, 2012
Journal Mental Health Review Journal
Print ISSN 1361-9322
Electronic ISSN 1361-9322
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1395
Publisher URL http://pierprofessional.metapress.com/content/121406/?p=fab37db01a2044cebc4bc1f7156d776a&pi=0
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information An earlier version of this paper appeared in the Mental Health Review Journal: Vanessa Pupavac, Hamlet, the state of emotion and the international crisis of meaning, Mental Health Review Journal, 13(1), 2008, 14-26.

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