`There is much that is fascinating here. Long-established experiments and conclusions are rubbished and reinterpreted, long-established assumptions and beliefs about emotions are soundly trounced, and generally a good going-over is delivered to the whole field... it is such a blockbuster that one can only reel backwards and tell anyone studying the subject that they would be crazy not to get it' - Self & Society This fascinating book overviews the psychology of the emotions in its broadest sense, tracing historical, social, cultural and biological themes and analyses. The contributors - some of the leading figures in the field - produce a new theoretical synthesis by drawing together these strands.
Chapter 10: Bodily States and Context in Situated Lines of Action
Bodily States and Context in Situated Lines of Action
Emotions and their representation in talk, literature and art have been a part of human affairs throughout recorded history. Emotions are said to constitute the richness of experienced life, and ahedonia – flatness of affect and the absence of emotional reactivity – is held to be a pathological state, even a symptom of schizophrenia. The recognized importance of emotion in ordinary life and the problems created by pathological emotion states and reactions have generated an immense body of empirical research. Although the amount of research in recent decades has exploded, the study of emotion has gone on for centuries, partly because of the diagnostic potential ...