`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.

Emotional Self-Control and Self-Perception: Feelings are the Solution, not the Problem

Emotional self-control and self-perception: Feelings are the solution, not the problem
James D.Laird and Nicholas H.Apostoleris

Whenever I feel afraid,

I hold my head erect

And whistle a happy tune

So no one will suspect I'm afraid.

The result of this deception

Is very strange to tell

For when I fool the people I fear

I fool myself as well

Make believe you're brave

And the trip will take you far

You may be as brave

As you make believe you are.

Rogers and Hammerstein (1956) ‘I Whistle a Happy Tune’ from The King and I

A typically fluffy, silly idea. Just the sort of thing one would expect to find in a popular tune. How could it be that pretending could make something come true? And yet, a ...

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