Best Laid Schemes: The Psychology of the Emotions

Best Laid Schemes: The Psychology of the Emotions

by Keith Oatley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521410371

ISBN-13: 9780521410373

Pub. Date: 02/28/1992

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Keith Oatley draws on theories from psychology, philosophy and linguistics, as well as writings from other social sciences, to show how emotions are central to any understanding of human actions and mental life.  See more details below

Overview

Keith Oatley draws on theories from psychology, philosophy and linguistics, as well as writings from other social sciences, to show how emotions are central to any understanding of human actions and mental life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521410373
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1992
Series:
Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction Series
Pages:
543
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Acknowledgments
Prologue
A wider range of evidence1
The Romantic movement2
An integrative theory3
Style and the question of insight4
Organization and content of the book6
Pt. ITheory and function9
1The structure of emotions14
Body and mind14
What is an emotion?16
Simple plans24
Augmented planning31
Emotions as communications44
2Intuitive and empirical approaches to understanding69
Literature, language, and emotions69
Ordinary language and emotion terms in English74
Theory and evidence88
Emotions, intuitions, and insight122
3Rationality and emotions130
Are emotions irrational?130
What is rationality?148
Overcoming limitations of individuals165
Assembly of fragments into complex plans172
4Mutual plans and social emotions178
Cooperation178
Interpersonal schemata of emotions204
And speaking of emotions...the pragmatics of emotion terms217
Pt. IIConflict and unpredictability221
5Plans and emotions in fictional narrative225
Homer and the archaeology of mind225
George Eliot's Middlemarch238
6Stress and distress262
Epidemiology and illness262
Stress and psychosomatic illness264
Life events and depression282
A theory of depression293
The statistics of science and the portraits of art303
7Freud's cognitive psychology of intention: the case of Dora307
Cognitive psychology as natural science and human science307
The case of the missing intentions311
Multiple intentions and the repercussions of conflict321
Whose intentions?332
Telling one's own story: Dorothea and Dora339
Pt. IIIEnjoyment and creativity347
8Happiness350
The correspondences of happiness350
Where and when does happiness occur?360
The interpersonal structure of happiness364
How might one become happy?376
9Putting emotions into words383
Communication and change383
Three types of disjunction in emotions385
Joining semantic and nonsemantic aspects393
Epilogue411
Emotions and cognitive change411
Four bases of understanding emotions414
Notes419
References477
Author Index505
Subject Index513

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