Emotion, Development, and Self-Organization: Dynamic Systems Approaches to Emotional Development

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In the last twenty to thirty years, a new way to understand complex systems has emerged in the natural sciences an approach often called nonlinear dynamics, dynamical systems theory, or chaos theory. This perspective has allowed scientists to trace the emergence of order from disorder, and in particular the emergence of complex, higher-order forms from interactions among lower-order constituents. This process is called self-organization, and it is thought to be responsible for both change and continuity in physical, biological, and social systems. Recently, principles of self-organizing dynamic systems have been imported into psychology, and especially developmental psychology, where they have helped us reconceptualize basic processes in motor and cognitive development. Emotion, Development, and Self-Organization is the first book to apply these principles to emotional development. The result is a comprehensive and innovative volume by recognized leaders in the field as well as a new generation of theorists who take principles of self-organization as their starting point.
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"...a rich volume encompassing emotion theory and research with integration to clinical practice." The Canadian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review

"Read the chapters of this book to get a state-of-the-art rendering of the co-dynamics of the brain and body, the person and context, in the formation and development of the emotions....This book takes a huge, meritorious step towards encompassing the dynamic system of emotional experience. Read and discover what can happen when scientists collect the immeasurably raw data from their own hearts." from the Foreword by Alan Fogel

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction: A New Approach to the Study of Emotional Development 1
Pt. 1 Intrapersonal Processes
1 Self-Organization of Discrete Emotions, Emotion Patterns, and Emotion-Cognition Relations 15
2 Emotional Self-Organization at Three Time Scales 37
3 Emotions as Episodes of Subsystem Synchronization Driven by Nonlinear Appraisal Processes 70
4 Surprise! Facial Expressions Can be Coordinative Motor Structures 100
5 The Dynamic Construction of Emotion: Varieties in Anger 125
Pt. 2 Neurobiological Perspectives
6 The Self-Organization of the Right Brain and the Neurobiology of Emotional Development 155
7 Motivation of Neural Plasticity: Neural Mechanisms in the Self-Organization of Depression 186
8 Emotion Is Essential to All Intentional Behaviors 209
9 The Neurodynamics of Emotions: An Evolutionary-Neurodevelopmental View 236
Pt. 3 Interpersonal Processes
10 The Self-Organization of Parent-Child Relations: Beyond Bidirectional Models 267
11 Attachment and Self-Organization 298
12 The Dynamics of Emotion-Related Behaviors in Infancy 324
13 Theoretical and Mathematical Modeling of Marriage 349
Commentary: The Dynamics of Emotional Development: Models, Metaphors, and Methods 373
Name Index 393
Subject Index 401
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