`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.

Vignette 6: Emotions: Communications to the Self and others

Vignette 6: Emotions: Communications to the self and others

Emotions have functions. They communicate to ourselves, configuring mental resources and making ready for certain kinds of action. They can communicate also to others, causing changes in the modes of our interactions, from cooperation, to withdrawal, to conflict, to deference. The main role of emotions, according to this argument, is management of the flow of attention and readiness in beings who have many goals and plans but for whom, because of our embodiment and its limitations, these plans do not always go as foreseen. Not all emotions are connected with goals, but I believe that the relationship of emotions to goals and plans indicates their primary functions, and ...

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