New PDF release: A General Theory of Emotions and Social Life

By Warren D. TenHouten

Founded upon the psychoevolutionary theories of Darwin, Plutchik and Izard, a normal socioevolutionary concept of the feelings - affect-spectrum concept - classifies a large spectrum of the sentiments and analyzes them at the sociological, mental and neurobiological levels.

This neurocognitive sociology of the feelings supersedes the most important theoretical views constructed within the sociology of feelings through displaying basic feelings to be adaptive reactions to basic difficulties of lifestyles that have developed into trouble-free social relationships and which could are expecting occurrences of the full spectrum of basic, complicated secondary, and tertiary emotions.

Written by way of prime social theorist Warren D. TenHouten, this e-book provides an encyclopaedic category of the feelings, describing forty-six feelings intimately, and featuring a common multilevel concept of feelings and social existence. The scope of assurance of this key paintings is very topical and complete, and contains the improvement of feelings in adolescence, symbolic elaboration of complicated feelings, feelings administration, violence, and cultural and gender modifications. whereas basic feelings have truly outlined valences, this thought indicates that advanced feelings obey no algebraic legislations and that each one feelings have either inventive and damaging potentialities.

 

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But Darwin 18 Theories of primary and secondary emotions (1872) showed little interest in these two emotions. He did not apply his antithesis principle where it was most needed, in delineating the most basic of the emotions. While Darwin (1872/1965: 76, 84) paid great attention to the emotions surprise/astonishment as a reaction to the unexpected, he referred to anticipation only in a context of another emotion, joy, describing how the anticipation of a pleasurable and joyful experience, rather than the pleasure itself, stimulates brain, body, and voice.

Four-to-six-month-old infants are able to discriminate between joyful and neutral expressions, though not between angry and neutral expressions (La Barbera et al. 1976). This recognition of joy by the infant stimulates the infant’s own expression of joy, an interaction which deepens bonds between the infant and its caregivers. The emergence of joy, widely agreed to be a primary emotion, sets the stage for a new level of consciousness, which advances the infant from mere interest in the environment, to social interactions with caregivers and others, the result being an accelerated development of perceptual abilities and the emergence of the social self (Izard 1980: 209).

Four-to-six-month-old infants are able to discriminate between joyful and neutral expressions, though not between angry and neutral expressions (La Barbera et al. 1976). This recognition of joy by the infant stimulates the infant’s own expression of joy, an interaction which deepens bonds between the infant and its caregivers. The emergence of joy, widely agreed to be a primary emotion, sets the stage for a new level of consciousness, which advances the infant from mere interest in the environment, to social interactions with caregivers and others, the result being an accelerated development of perceptual abilities and the emergence of the social self (Izard 1980: 209).

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