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Leaving Israel Won’t Eliminate Your Grief Over the Election Results

The psychological concept of ‘ambiguous loss’ captures precisely the range of feelings experienced by left-wing voters in Israel since the election

Neta Alexander
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On a snowy day last January, I drove from my home in upstate New York to Brooklyn and listened to podcasts to pass the time on the four-and-a-half-hour trip. The New York Times’ podcast “The Daily” was devoted to a new book by American psychologist Pauline Boss, a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota and an expert in the psychology of the family, who coined the term “ambiguous loss.”

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