Emotion and Adaptation

Emotion and Adaptation

by Richard S. Lazarus

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In this landmark work, Richard Lazarus -- one of the world's foremost authorities -- offers a comprehensive treatment of the psychology of emotion, its role in adaptation, and the issues that must be addressed to understand it. The work provides a complete theory of emotional processes, explaining how different emotions are elicited and expressed, and how the emotional range of individuals develops over their lifetime. The author's approach puts emotion in a central role as a complex, patterned, organic reaction to both daily events and long-term efforts on the part of the individual to survive, flourish, and achieve. In his view, emotions cannot be divorced from other functions--whether biological, social, or cognitive--and express the intimate, personal meaning of what individuals experience. As coping and adapting processes, they are seen as part of the ongoing effort to monitor changes, stimuli, and stresses arising from the environment. After defining emotion and discussing issues of classification and measurement, Lazarus turns to the topics of motivation, cognition, and causality as key concepts in this theory. Next he looks at individual emotions, both negative and positive, and examines their development in terms of social influences and individual events. Finally, he considers the long-term consequences of emotion on physical health and well-being, and the treatment and prevention of emotional dysfunction. The book draws together the relevant research from a wide variety of sources, and distills the author's pioneering work in the field over the last forty years. As a comprehensive treatment of the emotions, the book will interest students, clinicians, and researchers involved in personality, social and clinical psychology, as well as cognitive and developmental psychology. It may also be used as a supplemental textbook in courses on the psychology of adjustment, emotion, and feeling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190281786
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/29/1991
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

University of California at Berkeley (Emeritus)

Table of Contents

PART I: Background
1. About Emotion
2. Issues of Research, Classification, and Measurement
PART II: The Cognitive-Motivational-Relational Theory
3. The Person-Environment Relationship, Motivation, and Coping
4. Cognition and Emotion
5. Issues of Causality
PART III: Individual Emotions
6. Goal-Incongruent (Negative) Emotions
7. Goal-Congruent (Positive) and Problematic Emotions
PART IV: Emotional Development
8. Individual Development
9. Social Influence
PART V: Practical Applications
10. Emotions and Health
11. Implications for Research, Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

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