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Affect Imagery Consciousness
Author: Silvan S. Tomkins

ISBN: 9780826144089
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 1352
Published: 29 January 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 7.9
Description:
..".brilliant..."--Ma­lcolm Gladwell, Author of "Blink"

Tomkins's magnum opus, "Affect Imagery Consciousness," was published by Springer Publishing Company in four volumes over 30 years. When Tomkins began writing the book in the 1950's, American psychology was dominated by psychoanalytic and behaviorist theories--neither of which placed much importance on the role of basic emotions in everyday human behavior. Tomkins challenged the status quo by developing--over the span of more than 1000 pages--a theory of consciousness and motivation that placed emotion at the core of the human experience. Because so few psychologists were studying emotion at that time, Tomkins drew liberally from other academic disciplines to help formulate his ideas and support his arguments: evolutionary biology, ethology, cybernetics, literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and neurophysiology, among others. In the process, Tomkins practically invented the field of "nonverbal behavior" through close observation of emotional expressions in people, including his own infant son. His work was a brilliantly eccentric pastiche of ideas that adhe...

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