Moller's Theory

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Moller explores the topic of love and death, of how a bereaved spouse can quickly manage to move on from the death of their (supposed) significant other. However, in exploring the adaptive theory, it demonstrates humans are resilient in facing the turmoil’s of lost. Additionally, this counts for other (significant) losses; the loss of a child, home, tenure, their spinal cord, etc. The theory explains these catastrophes are merely ‘minor’ blips in our lives, and don’t affect our long-term happiness. This is because the effects of the event decrease (assumed to be the span of three months), and we begin (or already have) returned to our normalized state. However, this is problematic in some cases where the deceased spouse could have been the breadwinner,…show more content…
(Moller seems to speculate, if the agent is replaceable, then finding a substitution for a deceased spouse is easier then assumed. However, this does make sense if a person lost a limb, and they could get a perfect functioning replica to replace that lost body part.) In effect, due to the mechanical resilience of a person, it suggests most individuals keep themselves at an emotional distance from friends/spouses/family members, etc.; this is in case there is a loss of these goods, and if there, we can go out in the world to find more. Nonetheless, there is significance in the adaptive theory, because if humans were not resilient creatures we would be overburden by our emotions. Moller uses this in a case of regret, and how we can easily become overburdened by the thoughts regret. Additionally, if we were not able to overcome traumatic emotions, humans would be deprived of all other goods in their existing lives. Lastly, it is a cliché, but most deceased individuals would request their family members to move on, and not continue to mourn over their deaths. Though the adaptive theory does sounds cold hearted, it is a theory that makes sense of how people do move on from the loss of a pet, friend, family member,
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