Curious Emotions

Roots of consciousness and personality in motivated action

Ralph D. Ellis | Clark Atlanta University
ISBN 9789027251978 (Eur) | EUR 99.00
ISBN 9781588116284 (USA) | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027294555 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Emotion drives all cognitive processes, largely determining their qualitative feel, their structure, and in part even their content. Action-initiating centers deep in the emotional brain ground our understanding of the world by enabling us to imagine how we could act relative to it, based on endogenous motivations to engage certain levels of energy and complexity. Thus understanding personality, cognition, consciousness and action requires examining the workings of dynamical systems applied to emotional processes in living organisms. If an object's meaning depends on its action affordances, then understanding intentionality in emotion or cognition requires exploring why emotion is the bridge between action and representational processes such as thought or imagery; and this requires integrating phenomenology with neurophysiology. The resulting viewpoint, "enactivism," entails specific new predictions, and suggests that emotions are about the self-initiated actions of dynamical systems, not reactive "responses" to external events; consciousness is more about motivated anticipation than reaction to inputs. (Series A)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 61] 2005.  viii, 238 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This is an important book, a major contribution to the embodiment/self-organization paradigm in psychology/psychiatry. Ellis follows in the tradition of a set of culturally diverse thinkers ranging from Merleau-Ponty to the original Gestalt theorists to humanist psychologists such as Maslow, Rogers, and Gendlin. This work will become an inspiration for transforming many of the prevalent diminutive social policies which are based implicitly on a restricted concept of human identity. ”
“The key to this book is the notion of self-organizing system, already under serious development in biology, the cognitive and affective neurosciences, psychiatry, and psychology. Ellis juxtaposes experimental results from all these sciences alongside the deepest existential and humanist concerns, thereby reconciling reductionist and non-reductionist research. Recommended for scientists, philosophers, clinicians, and anyone else with interdisciplinary interests in the emotions, cognition, consciousness, and the ways that nature has interwoven them.”
“Ralph Ellis' new book develops an enactive account of emotions that makes room for 'higher' and even 'existential' ones. This view of the higher emotions puts them right at the centre of our most basic motivational structure. His book is unusually wide ranging, extending from the neurophysiology of how emotions are activated to discussing Maslow's 'self-actualization'.”
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