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Best Laid Schemes : The Psychology of the Emotions - Keith Oatley

Best Laid Schemes

The Psychology of the Emotions

Paperback Published: 8th June 1992
ISBN: 9780521423878
Number Of Pages: 544

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A cognitive psychologist who has also trained as a psychotherapist, Keith Oatley is Professor of Applied Psychology at the Centre for Applied Cognitive Science at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and author of Brain Mechanisms and Mind, Perceptions and Representations: The Theoretical Bases of Brain Research, and Selves in Relation: An Introduction to Psychotherapy and Groups.

'Keith Oatley has written a brilliant book. He has shown how literary insights into the world of emotions can be married to psychological theory. The result should be enlightening for both cognitive science and literary criticism.' Phil Johnson-Laird 'Best Laid Schemes is an exceptional work which does more than justice to the cognitive science approach to the emotions.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'Best Laid Schemes ... [is] extremely valuable for everyone interested in emotions ... The scope of [the] book is immense ... [it] makes you wonder whether anyone should write another book on this issue ... [This] original and brilliant book will have a significant impact on every attempt to deal with the emotions.' History of European Ideas

List of figures and tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A wider range of evidencep. 1
The Romantic movementp. 2
An integrative theoryp. 3
Style and the question of insightp. 4
Organization and content of the bookp. 6
Theory and functionp. 9
The structure of emotionsp. 14
Body and mindp. 14
What is an emotion?p. 16
Simple plansp. 24
Augmented planningp. 31
Emotions as communicationsp. 44
Intuitive and empirical approaches to understandingp. 69
Literature, language, and emotionsp. 69
Ordinary language and emotion terms in Englishp. 74
Theory and evidencep. 88
Emotions, intuitions, and insightp. 122
Rationality and emotionsp. 130
Are emotions irrational?p. 130
What is rationality?p. 148
Overcoming limitations of individualsp. 165
Assembly of fragments into complex plansp. 172
Mutual plans and social emotionsp. 178
Cooperationp. 178
Interpersonal schemata of emotionsp. 204
And speaking of emotions ... the pragmatics of emotion termsp. 217
Conflict and unpredictabilityp. 221
Plans and emotions in fictional narrativep. 225
Homer and the archaeology of mindp. 225
George Eliot's Middlemarchp. 238
Stress and distressp. 262
Epidemiology and illnessp. 262
Stress and psychosomatic illnessp. 264
Life events and depressionp. 282
A theory of depressionp. 293
The statistics of science and the portraits of artp. 303
Freud's cognitive psychology of intention: the case of Dorap. 307
Cognitive psychology as natural science and human sciencep. 307
The case of the missing intentionsp. 311
Multiple intentions and the repercussions of conflictp. 321
Whose intentions?p. 332
Telling one's own story: Dorothea and Dorap. 339
Enjoyment and creativityp. 347
Happinessp. 350
The correspondences of happinessp. 350
Where and when does happiness occur?p. 360
The interpersonal structure of happinessp. 364
How might one become happy?p. 376
Putting emotions into wordsp. 383
Communication and changep. 383
Three types of disjunction in emotionsp. 385
Joining semantic and nonsemantic aspectsp. 393
Epiloguep. 411
Emotions and cognitive changep. 411
Four bases of understanding emotionsp. 414
Notesp. 419
Referencesp. 477
Author Indexp. 505
Subject Indexp. 513
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ISBN: 9780521423878
ISBN-10: 0521423872
Series: Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 8th June 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.72