Dr Mary-Frances O'Connor is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on the physiological correlates of emotion, in particular the wide range of physical and emotional responses during bereavement, including yearning and isolation.
In this conversation today, Dr O'Connor appears on the show to discuss several important topics, that include:
- What is grief? Why do we grieve?
- 'Everyday' grief vs complicated grief
- Are there really 5 stages to grief?
- Why grief is actually a motivated state