Mourning and Melancholia

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Mourning and Melancholia
Author Sigmund Freud
Original title Trauer und Melancholie
Country Germany
Language Originally in German
Subject Psychology

Mourning and Melancholia (German: Trauer und Melancholie) is a work of Sigmund Freud from the year 1917.

In this essay, Freud argues that mourning and melancholia are similar but different responses to loss; in mourning, a person deals with the grief of losing of a specific love object, and this process takes place in the conscious mind. In melancholia, a person grieves for a loss he is unable to fully comprehend or identify, and thus this process takes place in the unconscious mind. Mourning is considered a healthy and natural process of grieving a loss, while melancholia is considered pathological.