Friday, March 31, 2023

Why are millions mourning someone they don’t know?

The death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 has shocked the entire United Kingdom and much of the world. It should come as no surprise that his close friends and family are in mourning, but what makes him so sad, with thousands of English people queuing for hours to see the body of his late queen? Can we mourn the person we never met? journalist Katherine Sanderson miracle in the magazine Nature,

Turning to scientific research to understand this phenomenon, we find that most sociological studies devoted to bereavement are oriented toward the loss of a parent, spouse, or friends. But to Michael Cholby, a philosophical professor at the University of Edinburgh: “Cross-social relationships—one-sided ties to fame—can lead to unhappiness. There is no reason to think that mourning has meaning only within the framework of the interpersonal relationship.,

“Some explanations can be found in favor of the theory”approximate world” Compiled by Ronnie Janoff-Bulman. This theory states that each person bases his world on a number of strong beliefs. Thus, when a celebrity like the queen dies, it disturbs the vision we have about the world and one of its pillars. So it can lead to sadness, denial etc.

Somehow, part of the identity of each of the mourners is based on the existence of prominent public figures. They make it possible to gather around common values ​​or experience appreciation, a fuel for maintaining one’s values. By building oneself near certain signs, one can experience a sense of having lost a small part of oneself when they disappear.

Much remains to be discovered about grief and how it works, including in our brains. What is certain, however, is that the grief of some English people is real as they feel the loss of a part of themselves, a part of their identity.

In theory, this grieving should last less than that of someone close because the bond we maintain with a person is due to the time, closeness, and intimacy that we have. to the various researchers interviewed by Katherine SandersonIt is very unlikely that some people will suffer from grief lasting months or even years.

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