The Hidden Genius of Emotion: Lifespan Transformations of Personality

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-04
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This thoughtful and beautifully written book demonstrates compellingly that emotions are central to personality development across the lifespan. Carol Magai and Jeannette Haviland-Jones draw on a wealth of textual and film material to forge an original empirical and theoretical analysis of the dynamics of emotion in human development. For its content, the work examines the lives of three mid-century psychologists, Carl Rogers, Albert Ellis, and Fritz Perls. Each man adopted a unique stance on the question of emotion in personality and in therapeutic interventions and, tellingly, the therapeutic methods they developed necessarily reflected their own emotional dynamics. Drawing on the most important research in clinical, social, and personality psychology, the authors reveal the pervasive influence of emotional organization in the lives of these individuals. This book presents a new approach to personology, autobiography, autobiography, narrative studies, psychotherapy and the theory of emotions, and will be essential reading.

Table of Contents

Challenging the prevailing view
Affect, human development, and dynamic systems
Emotion as the Integrative Link in Social and Personality Development
Lives attracted to shame and longing: Rogers
Lives repelled by fear and distress: Ellis
Lives repelled and attracted by contempt and shame: Perls
Emotion as the Link in Intellectual Work
Wisdom and passion
Cognitive stages and joy, surprise: Rogers
Cartesian logic and anger, fear: Ellis
Dialectical logic and excitement, disgust and shame: Perls
Emotion as the Link in Therapeutic Behavior
Postures and climate in dyadic interaction
Presenting a New View
Summarizing the emotional links
Lives and change: emotional energy in linear, complex, and chaotic personality systems
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