Psychologists like to claim that Psychology is a science, yet, until now, the discipline has lacked any real scientific laws, has had no overarching scientific paradigm and has been blighted by poor replicability of research, all of which have dogged the discipline. Attempts to place Psychology under a single scientific umbrella, e.g. Behaviourism, Cognitivism, Biological Science, Social Science or Human Science, have all failed for a host of reasons. This unique book presents a single paradigm for all of Psychology within a framework of Natural Science. For example, it employs as a model an organising principle known in another scientific discipline for over a century, the principle of Homeostasis. Findings across the entire discipline including perception, learning, emotion, stress, addiction, well-being and consciousness are all shown to be consistent with a new paradigm based on this, and other principles drawn from natural science.
Chapter 7: Emoting, Regulating, Self-Control
Emoting, Regulating, Self-Control
To yield to man’s emotions will assuredly lead to strife and disorderliness. It is only under the influence of teachers and laws … that courtesy will be observed, etiquette respected, and order restored.
Strangely, ‘emotion’ can never actually be observed, only emoting can. ‘Emotion’ is an essentialist category that can only ever be inferred from behaviour or autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity. ‘Emoting’ makes Stanislavskis of us all. ‘Emoting’ is a scientific term referring to the expression of feeling as behaviour or speech.1 Emoting exists in homeostasis with goals, perceptions and cognitive appraisals. The purpose of emoting is always goal attainment. ‘Emotion’ knows no purpose.
In previous eras ‘emotion’ was ‘passion’, and in Shakespeare there are hints of its fictive ...