Emotion and Adaptation

Emotion and Adaptation

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This 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 570 pages
  • 163.1 x 237.7 x 41.7mm | 716.68g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 2 pp halftones, line drawings, tables
  • 0195069943
  • 9780195069945

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Richard Lazarus has consistently been both thorough and interesting in the psychological questions he has addressed ... the theory is robust enough to cope with all the matters, perhaps because it is drawn with an elegant simplicity ... it is written with a scholarly mixture of erudition and goodwill which can carry one through the more difficult reaches. It somehow represents a successful attempt at adaptation and coping by its author and one which seems to have been based on many years of foresight. Reading this book is a little like uncorking a fine wine which was laid down some years ago. * Ken Strongman, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, The Psychologist, December 1992 * this latest offering is indeed a seminal work, a momentous study and truly a labour of loe that is reflected throughout the many pages. This is altogether a challenging and intellectually stimulating book... Lazarus demands attention, especially from sociologists concerned with recent developments associated with the re-discovery of the self, the mind and the body. I am now more convinced that emotion is not just at the centre of psychological study, but of social science generally, and is therefore a phenomena requiring a multidisciplinary approach. * Social Science Teacher *show more

Table of contents

Part I: BACKGROUND: About emotion; Issues of research, classification and measurements; Part II: THE COGNITIVE-MOTIVATIONAL-RELATIONAL THEORY: The person-environment relationship: motivation and coping; Cognition and emotion; Issues of causality; Part III: INDIVIDUAL EMOTIONS: Goal incongruent (negative) emotions; Goal congruent (positive) and problematic emotions; Part IV: EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Individual development; Social influence; Part V: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS: Emotions and health; Implications for research, assessment, treatment and disease prevention; References; Index.show more

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