Theoretical Summary on Emotion

James D. Laird

in Feelings

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780195098891
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893614 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Theoretical Summary on Emotion

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This chapter on emotions expands on the implications of individual differences in self-perception processes and describes an integrated view of emotional processes. It argues that emotional processes are innate, adaptive, complex integrations of action, autonomic preparation for action, and expressive signaling of the impending action sequence. Feelings are the recognition of these complex patterns. An emotional feeling is information about what actions are going on and plays the same role in subsequent activity as any other kind of information. That is, it provides guidance and defines the context of subsequent actions. Feelings do not, however, play the compelling, driving role that common sense assumes.

Keywords: self-perception; feelings; emotional processes; emotional feeling

Chapter.  12262 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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