A General Theory of Emotions and Social Life by Warren D. TenHouten

By Warren D. TenHouten

Founded upon the psychoevolutionary theories of Darwin, Plutchik and Izard, a basic socioevolutionary conception of the sentiments - affect-spectrum conception - classifies a large spectrum of the feelings and analyzes them at the sociological, mental and neurobiological levels.

This neurocognitive sociology of the feelings supersedes the key theoretical views built within the sociology of feelings by means of displaying fundamental feelings to be adaptive reactions to primary difficulties of lifestyles that have developed into effortless social relationships and that could are expecting occurrences of the full spectrum of fundamental, advanced secondary, and tertiary emotions.

Written through best social theorist Warren D. TenHouten, this publication offers an encyclopaedic category of the feelings, describing forty-six feelings intimately, and featuring a common multilevel idea of feelings and social existence. The scope of insurance of this key paintings is extremely topical and accomplished, and comprises the advance of feelings in formative years, symbolic elaboration of complicated feelings, feelings administration, violence, and cultural and gender variations. whereas fundamental feelings have sincerely outlined valences, this idea exhibits that complicated feelings obey no algebraic legislation and that each one feelings have either artistic and damaging potentialities.


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Not only that, but measures of national well-being of advanced, Western countries since World War II suggest that clinical depression has increased (Fombonne 1995). Clinical depression does not mean the misery that all people experience in times of separation and loss, but is a psychiatric condition that renders individuals unable to perform their usual social roles for at least several The four pairs of opposite primary emotions 37 weeks. , roughly 14 percent of people aged 35 have experienced a real depression, and about 2 percent are clinically depressed at any one time.

All animals are temporal in that they are born, live, and die. Among humans, the problem of temporality has led to the development of important social institutions – the family, the kinship system, clans, tribes, communities, and so forth. 3 Photographs of Americans expressing each of the six emotions Ekman (1980) used in his cross-cultural research. Reprinted by permission of Paul Ekman. Theories of primary and secondary emotions 17 temporality, by which he refers to the limitation of time and to the cycle of life and death, according to which we are in our communal lives, for example, happy when the baby is born and saddened when the parent dies.

Territoriality, when given such a broad definition, is a key topic in economic sociology, human geography, and ecological psychology. On the functional level, command and control of one’s territory requires exploration and an ability to plan, monitor, expect, and anticipate. Opposed to the behavior of opening territory through exploration is orientation, with its implied surprise and loss of control, as one’s boundary is penetrated and loses its enclosure function. The most generic subjective terms for these two emotions are anticipation and surprise.

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