Psychology
Resources

 email page    print page

All Topic Reviews
A Theory of Feelings Addictions Memory and the Self"Intimate" Violence against Women1001 Solution-Focused Questions101 Healing Stories101 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started Using Hypnosis50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God8 Keys to Body Brain BalanceA Brief History of Modern PsychologyA Conceptual History of PsychologyA Conceptual History of Psychology: Exploring the Tangled Web A Cooperative SpeciesA Guide to Teaching Introductory PsychologyA History of Modern Experimental PsychologyA History of Psychology in AutobiographyA History of Social PsychologyA History of the BrainA History of the MindA Hole in the HeadA Matter of SecurityA Mind of Its OwnA Natural History of Human ThinkingA Place for ConsciousnessA Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in ChildrenA Social History of PsychologyA Stroll With William JamesA System Architecture Approach to the BrainA Theory of FreedomA Very Bad WizardAbductedAbout FacesAccounts of InnocenceAction, Emotion and WillAdapting MindsADHD & MeADHD in AdultsAdieu to GodAdolescence and Body ImageAdult Bipolar DisordersAdvances in Culture and PsychologyAdvances in Identity Theory and ResearchAffect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of SelfAffective MappingAgainst EmpathyAgainst HappinessAges and StagesAll Joy and No FunAll Out!All We Have to FearAlterations of ConsciousnessAmerican Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical NeurosciencesAn Argument for MindAncient Bodies, Modern LivesAnimal Tool BehaviorAnimals in TranslationAnomalous CognitionAping MankindArtificial ConsciousnessAspects of PsychologismAsperger Syndrome and Your ChildAsperger Syndrome, Adolescence, and IdentityAssessment and Treatment of Childhood Problems, Second EditionAssisted Suicide and the Right to DieAttachedAttention is Cognitive UnisonAutism and the Myth of the Person AloneAutopsy of a Suicidal MindBecoming an Effective PsychotherapistBehavingBehavioral Genetics in the Postgenomic EraBeing No OneBelievingBetween Two WorldsBeyond AppearanceBeyond BlueBeyond BullyingBeyond MadnessBeyond the BrainBeyond the DSM StoryBig DreamsBiofeedback for the BrainBipolar ChildrenBipolar DisorderBipolar KidsBlackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive DevelopmentBlind SpotsBlindsight & The Nature of ConsciousnessBlubberlandBlushBodiesBody ConsciousnessBody Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in YouthBody SenseBody WorkBorderline Personality DisorderBorderline Personality Disorder and the Conversational ModelBorn DigitalBorn to Be GoodBorn Together - Reared ApartBounceBoundaries in Human RelationshipsBounded RationalityBozo SapiensBrain and CultureBrain and the GazeBrain Arousal and Information TheoryBrain BugsBrain Change TherapyBrain Circuitry and Signaling in PsychiatryBrain FictionBrain, Mind, and Human Behavior in Contemporary Cognitive ScienceBrain-Based Therapy with AdultsBrain-WiseBrainstormBrainstormingBraintrustBrainwashingBrandedBreaking Murphy's LawBright-SidedBuddha's BrainBullying and TeasingBuyologyCaptureCare of the PsycheCartesian LinguisticsCartographies of the MindCerebrum 2007Cerebrum 2010Cerebrum 2015Cerebrum Anthology 2013Changing the SubjectCharacter Strengths and VirtuesCheating LessonsChild and Adolescent Psychological DisordersChildren’s Dreaming and the Development of Consciousness Chomsky NotebookClinical Psychiatry in Imperial GermanyClinical Psychology in Practice ClosureCognition and PerceptionCognition and the BrainCognitive BiologyCognitive DissonanceCognitive FictionsCognitive Mechanisms of Belief ChangeCognitive PragmaticsCognitive ScienceCognitive ScienceCognitive Systems and the Extended MindCognitive Therapy of Anxiety DisordersCognitive Unconscious and Human RationalityCold-Blooded KindnessComing of Age in Second LifeCommunication Issues In Autism And Asperger SyndromeCompassion and Healing in Medicine and SocietyComplementary and Alternative Therapies ResearchComprehending ColumbineConfessions of a SociopathConquering Shame and CodependencyConsciousnessConsciousnessConsciousnessConsciousnessConsciousnessConsciousness ConsciousnessConsciousness and Its Place in NatureConsciousness and LanguageConsciousness and Mental LifeConsciousness and MindConsciousness and the NovelConsciousness and the Social BrainConsciousness EmergingConsciousness RecoveredConsciousness RevisitedConsciousness, Self-Consciousness, and the Science of Being HumanContemporary Debates in Cognitive ScienceConversations on ConsciousnessConviction of the InnocentCooperation and Its EvolutionCreating a Life of Meaning and CompassionCredit and BlameCritical New Perspectives on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderCritical PsychologyCritical Thinking About PsychologyCross-Cultural PsychologyCrowdsourcingCrueltyCultural Assessment in Clinical PsychiatryCuriousDamasio's Error and Descartes' TruthDangerous and Severe Personality DisorderDaniel DennettDaughters of MadnessDeafness In MindDeath and ConsciousnessDeath of a ParentDecomposing the WillDeep Brain StimulationDeep ChinaDefining DifferenceDefining Psychopathology in the 21st CenturyDelusion and Self-DeceptionDelusions of GenderDennett and Ricoeur on the Narrative SelfDeparting from DevianceDescartes' BabyDescartes's Changing MindDescribing Inner Experience?Desert Islands and Other Texts (1953-1974)Destructive EmotionsDevelopment of Geocentric Spatial Language and CognitionDevelopment of PsychopathologyDialogues on DifferenceDid My Neurons Make Me Do It?Digital HemlockDirty MindsDisgust and Its DisordersDisorders of VolitionDo Apes Read Minds?Do Fish Feel Pain?Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?Doing without ConceptsDrunk Tank PinkEducating People to Be Emotionally IntelligentEffective IntentionsEffective Writing in PsychologyEffortless AttentionEmbodied Minds in ActionEmbracing MindEmbracing UncertaintyEmotion and ConsciousnessEmotion ExperienceEmotion RegulationEmotion, Evolution, And RationalityEmotional IntelligenceEmotionally InvolvedEmotionsEmotionsEmotions and LifeEmotions in Humans and ArtifactsEmotions RevealedEmotions, Aggression, and Morality in ChildrenEmotions, Stress, and HealthEmpathyEnjoymentErotic MoralityEscape Your Own PrisonEssays in Social NeuroscienceEssential Sources in the Scientific Study of ConsciousnessEthical Issues in Forensic Mental Health ResearchEthically Challenged ProfessionsEveryday Mind ReadingEvidence for PsiEvidence-Based Mental Health PracticeEvil MenEvolution and Human BehaviorEvolution and LearningEvolution, Games, and GodEvolution, Gender, and RapeEvolutionary Psychology and ViolenceEvolutionary Psychology as Maladapted PsychologyExacting BeautyExperiences of DepressionExperimenterExplaining the BrainExplaining the BrainExplorations in Neuroscience, Psychology and ReligionExploring TranssexualismExpression and the InnerExtending Self-Esteem ResearchExtraordinary BeliefsFact and Value in EmotionFaking ItFatigue as a Window to the BrainFavorite Activities for the Teaching of PsychologyFeeling GoodFeeling Pain and Being in PainFeelings and EmotionsFinding Meaning, Facing FearsFitting In Is OverratedFlourishingFlow: The Psychology of Optimal ExperienceFolk Psychological NarrativesFooling HoudiniForever YoungFormulation in Psychology and PsychotherapyFoucault, Psychology and the Analytics of PowerFoundational Issues in Human Brain MappingFoundations of Psychological ThoughtFree Will as an Open Scientific ProblemFreedom And NeurobiologyFreedom EvolvesFrom Axons to IdentityFrom Madness to Mental HealthFrom Neurons to Self-ConsciousnessFrom Passions to EmotionsFrom Philosophy to PsychotherapyFrom Symptom to SynapseFrontiers of ConsciousnessGay, Straight, and the Reason WhyGenerosityGenes, Environment, and PsychopathologyGenetic Nature/CultureGeniusGetting Under the SkinGlued to GamesGoing SaneGot Parts?Group GeniusGrowing Up GirlGuilt, Shame, and AnxietyGut ReactionsHallucinationHandbook New Sexuality StudiesHandbook of Closeness and IntimacyHandbook of Critical PsychologyHandbook of Emotion RegulationHandbook of EmotionsHandbook of Personality DisordersHandbook of PsychopathyHandbook of Self and IdentityHandbook of Self and IdentityHandbook of Spatial CognitionHappinessHappinessHappinessHappinessHappiness at WorkHappiness Is.Happy at LastHard to GetHardwired BehaviorHatredHealing the SplitHidden ResourcesHope and DespairHot ThoughtHot ThoughtHouse and PsychologyHow Animals Affect UsHow Animals GrieveHow Can the Human Mind Occur in the Physical Universe?How Doctors ThinkHow Enlightenment Changes Your BrainHow Families Still MatterHow History Made the MindHow Infants Know MindsHow Many Friends Does One Person Need?How Professors ThinkHow The Body Shapes The MindHow the Body Shapes the Way We ThinkHow the Mind Explains BehaviorHow the Mind Uses the BrainHow to Change Someone You LoveHow We ReasonHow We RememberHughes' Outline of Modern PsychiatryHumanHuman BondingHuman Reasoning and Cognitive ScienceHypnotismHysteriaiBrainIdentifying Hyperactive ChildrenIdentifying the MindiDisorderImagination and the Meaningful BrainImitation and the Social MindImpulse Control DisordersImpulsivityIn an Unspoken VoiceIn Defense of SentimentalityIn DoubtIn Search of HappinessIn the Wake of 9/11Individual and Collective Memory ConsolidationInner Experience and NeuroscienceInner PresenceInside the American CoupleIntegrated Behavioral Health CareIntegrating Evolution and DevelopmentIntegrating Psychotherapy and PharmacotherapyIntegrity and the Fragile SelfIntellectual DisabilityIntelligenceIntelligence, Destiny, and EducationIntentions and IntentionalityInterdependent MindsInterpreting MindsInto the Minds of MadmenIntoxicating MindsIntrospection VindicatedIntuitionInventing PersonalityInvestigating the Psychological WorldIrrationalityIs There Anything Good About Men?Issues for Families, Schools and CommunitiesJane Sexes It UpJoint AttentionJoint AttentionJudgment and Decision MakingJust a DogJust BabiesJuvenile-Onset SchizophreniaKarl JaspersKey Thinkers in PsychologyKidding OurselvesKids of CharacterKilling MonstersLack of CharacterLanguage OriginsLanguage, Consciousness, CultureLanguage, Vision, and MusicLaw, Mind and BrainLess Than HumanLet Kids Be KidsLet's Talk About DeathLiving NarrativeLiving with Mild Cognitive ImpairmentLonelinessLooking for SpinozaLossLOT 2Love at Goon ParkMachine ConsciousnessMacrocognitionMade for Each OtherMadnessMaking a Good Brain GreatMaking Habits, Breaking HabitsMaking Minds and MadnessMaking Up the MindMale SexualityMan and WomanMan's Search for MeaningMan, Beast, and ZombieManic MindsManlinessMapping the MindMarking the MindMarvelous Learning AnimalMasculinity Studies and Feminist TheoryMeaningMeaning, Mortality, and ChoiceMedical MusesMeditating SelflesslyMeetings with a Remarkable ManMemoryMemory and DreamsMemory and EmotionMemory And UnderstandingMental BiologyMental IllnessMental Time TravelMetacognitionMetacognition and Theory of MindMethods in MindMindMindMind and BrainMind and ConsciousnessMind Games:Mind in LifeMind TimeMind to MindMind, Brain and the Elusive SoulMindful AngerMindfulnessMindfulness and AcceptanceMindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches: Clinician's Guide to Evidence Base and ApplicationsMinding AnimalsMinding MindsMindreadersMindreading AnimalsMinds, Brains, and LawMindsightMindworldsMirrors in the BrainMistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)Models of MadnessMoodMoral Development and RealityMoral MindsMoral Psychology, Volume 1Moral Psychology, Volume 2Moral Psychology, Volume 3Mothers and OthersMotivation and Cognitive ControlMotivational Interviewing: Preparing People For ChangeMovies and the MindMulticulturalism and the Therapeutic ProcessMultiplicityMuses, Madmen, and ProphetsMy Family AlbumMyths about SuicideNarrative IdentitiesNarrative PsychiatryNarratives in PsychiatryNaturalizing Intention in ActionNature and NarrativeNature Via NurtureNeither Bad nor MadNerveNeurobiology and the Development of Human MoralityNeurochemistry of ConsciousnessNeurodiversityNeuroethicsNeuroLogicNeurological Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience Neuroscience and PhilosophyNo Child Left DifferentNo Two AlikeNot By Genes AloneNot Much Just Chillin'Not So Abnormal PsychologyNurturing the Older Brain and MindOn AnxietyOn Being HumanOn Being MovedOn Deep History and the BrainOn DesireOn KillingOn Nature and LanguageOn PaedophiliaOn PersonalityOn the Frontier of AdulthoodOn the Origins of Cognitive ScienceOn The Stigma Of Mental IllnessOnflowOpen MindsOpening Skinner's BoxOrigin of MindOrigins of PsychopathologyOther MindsOut of Our HeadsOut of the WoodsOvercoming Depersonalization DisorderPanpsychism and the Religious AttitudePanpsychism in the WestParenting and the Child's WorldPassionate EnginesPathologies of the WestPatient-Based Approaches to Cognitive NeurosciencePediatric PsychopharmacologyPeople Types and Tiger StripesPerception & CognitionPerception beyond InferencePerception, Hallucination, and IllusionPersonal Development and Clinical PsychologyPerspectives on ImitationPhantoms in the BrainPhenomenal Concepts and Phenomenal KnowledgePhenomenology and Philosophy of MindPhilosophical Foundations of NeurosciencePhilosophical MidwiferyPhilosophy and HappinessPhilosophy of PsychologyPhilosophy, Neuroscience and ConsciousnessPhrenologyPhysical RealizationPhysics in MindPieces of LightPlaying with FirePositive PsychologyPositive PsychologyPostcards from the Brain MuseumPostpsychiatryPosttraumatic Stress DisorderPoverty and Brain Development During ChildhoodPractical Ethics for PsychologistsPractical Management of Personality DisorderPractical Management of Personality DisorderPredicative MindsPredictably IrrationalPreference, Belief, and SimilarityPrenatal Testosterone in MindPrivileged AccessProcrastinationProust Was a NeuroscientistPsychiatric SlaveryPsychiatry as Cognitive NeurosciencePsychiatry, Psychoanalysis, And The New Biology Of MindPsychological AgencyPsychological Concepts and Biological PsychiatryPsychological Dimensions of the SelfPsychologists Defying the CrowdPsychologyPsychologyPsychology and Consumer CulturePsychology and LawPsychology and the Question of AgencyPsychology for ScreenwritersPsychology of Women: A Handbook of Issues and TheoriesPsychology's GhostsPsychology's Interpretive TurnPsychology's TerritoriesPsychopathologyPsychopathyPsychosis and EmotionPsychotherapy, American Culture, and Social PolicyPutnam CampPutting a Name to ItQuantum Memory PowerQuietRadical DistortionRadical Embodied Cognitive ScienceRadical ExternalismRadical GraceRapeRe-Visioning PsychiatryReal MaterialismReality CheckReconstructing Reason and RepresentationReconstructing the Cognitive WorldRecovery in Mental IllnessRecreative MindsRedirectReducing Adolescent RiskRegulating EmotionsRelational BeingRelational Mental HealthRelational Suicide AssessmentReliability in Cognitive NeuroscienceRemembering HomeRemembering Our ChildhoodResearch Advances in Genetics and GenomicsResearching Children's ExperienceResilience in ChildrenRestoring ResilienceRethinking ADHDRethinking Learning DisabilitiesRethinking Middle YearsRethinking the Western Understanding of the SelfRevolution in PsychologyRoadmap to ResilienceRomance and Sex in Adolescence and Emerging AdulthoodSchizophrenia RevealedSchizophrenia, Culture, and SubjectivityScience and Pseudoscience in Clinical PsychologyScience and Pseudoscience in Clinical PsychologySecond NatureSecond NatureSecond That EmotionSecond-order Change in PsychotherapySecrets of the MindSee What I'm SayingSee What I'm SayingSeeing and VisualizingSeeing RedSelf and SocietySelf Comes to MindSelf Control in Society, Mind, and BrainSelf-Awareness Deficits in Psychiatric PatientsSelf-CompassionSelf-RegulationSelf-Representational Approaches to ConsciousnessSelfless InsightSelvesSerial KillersSex at DawnSex on the BrainSex, Time and PowerSexual Coercion in Primates and HumansSexual DisordersSexual FluiditySexual ReckoningsSexualized BrainsShame and GuiltShatteredSimulating MindsSisyphus's BoulderSNAPSocial NeuroscienceSocial NeuroscienceSocial NeuroscienceSocial Psychology and DiscourseSome We Love, Some We Hate, Some We EatSoul DustSparkSpiral of EntrapmentSplendors and Miseries of the BrainSports Hypnosis in PracticeStanding at Water's EdgeStich and His CriticsStillpowerStop OverreactingStructure and Agency in Everyday LifeStructures of AgencyStuffStumbling on HappinessSubjectivity and SelfhoodSubstance Abuse and EmotionSupersizing the MindSweet DreamsSynaptic SelfTales from Both Sides of the BrainTalking Oneself SoberTalking to BabiesTaming the Troublesome ChildTargeting AutismTeaching Problems and the Problems of TeachingTeleological RealismTen Years of Viewing from WithinThat's DisgustingThe 5 Elements of Effective ThinkingThe Accidental MindThe Age of EmpathyThe Altruism EquationThe Altruistic BrainThe American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Clinical PsychiatryThe Anatomy of BiasThe Anxious BrainThe Archaeology of MindThe Art and Science of MindfulnessThe Art InstinctThe Art of HypnosisThe Asymmetrical BrainThe Bifurcation of the SelfThe Big Book of ConceptsThe Big DisconnectThe Birth of IntersubjectivityThe Birth of the MindThe Blackwell Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge ManagementThe Blank SlateThe Body Has a Mind of Its OwnThe Bounds of CognitionThe Boy Who Was Raised as a DogThe BrainThe Brain and the Meaning of LifeThe Brain SupremacyThe Brain That Changes ItselfThe Brain's Way of HealingThe Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and BeliefsThe Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive ScienceThe Cambridge Handbook of Situated CognitionThe Character of ConsciousnessThe Chemistry Between UsThe Choice EffectThe Clinical Science of Suicide PreventionThe Cognitive Approach to Conscious MachinesThe Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-By-Step ProgramThe Cognitive NeurosciencesThe Cognitive-Emotional BrainThe College Fear FactorThe Commercialization of Intimate LifeThe Compass of PleasureThe Concepts of ConsciousnessThe Conscious BrainThe Conscious SelfThe Consuming InstinctThe Creating BrainThe Creative BrainThe Crucible of ConsciousnessThe Crucible of ExperienceThe Cure WithinThe Dao of NeuroscienceThe Developing MindThe Developing MindThe Development of PsychopathologyThe Disappearance of the Social in American Social PsychologyThe Dissolution of MindThe Duty to ProtectThe Educated ParentThe Ego TunnelThe Elephant in the RoomThe Emotional Journey of the Alzheimer's FamilyThe Encultured BrainThe Encyclopedia of StupidityThe Enduring Self in People with Alzheimer'sThe Epidemiology of SchizophreniaThe Essential DifferenceThe Ethical BrainThe Evolution of ChildhoodThe Evolution of CooperationThe Evolution of LanguageThe Evolution of MindThe Evolving BrainThe Executive BrainThe Faces of TerrorismThe Feeling BrainThe Feeling of What HappensThe First IdeaThe Folly of FoolsThe Folly of FoolsThe Folly of FoolsThe Foundations of Cognitive ArchaeologyThe Fundamentalist MindsetThe GapThe Gender TrapThe Geography of BlissThe Gift of ShynessThe Good LifeThe Good LifeThe Happiness HypothesisThe Happiness of PursuitThe Health Psychology HandbookThe Healthy Aging BrainThe High Price of MaterialismThe History of PsychologyThe Human FaceThe Human SparkThe Hypomanic EdgeThe Imagery DebateThe Immeasurable MindThe Imprinted BrainThe Incredible Shrinking MindThe Innate MindThe Innate MindThe Integrated SelfThe Intentional BrainThe Language of ThoughtThe Languages of the BrainThe Lexicon of Adlerian PsychologyThe Lie DetectorsThe Lives of the BrainThe Lonely AmericanThe Lust for BloodThe Madness of WomenThe Male BrainThe Man Who Lost His LanguageThe Man Who Shocked the WorldThe Man Who Tasted ShapesThe Man Who Wasn't ThereThe Matter of the MindThe Mature MindThe Mean Girl MotiveThe Meaning of EvilThe Meaning of OthersThe Meaning of the BodyThe Measure of MadnessThe Measure of MindThe Medicalization of Everyday LifeThe Mind and the BrainThe Mind in ContextThe Mind of the ChildThe Mind of the HorseThe Mind's EyeThe Mind, the Body and the WorldThe Mind-Gut ConnectionThe Mindful BrainThe Misleading MindThe Moral MindThe Most Dangerous AnimalThe Most Human HumanThe Mother FactorThe Myth of ChoiceThe Myth of Depression as DiseaseThe Myth of Mirror NeuronsThe Myth of Self HelpThe Myth of Self-EsteemThe Myth of the Spoiled ChildThe Nature of the SelfThe Necessity Of MadnessThe Neuro RevolutionThe Neuropsychology of the UnconsciousThe Neuroscience of Human RelationshipsThe Neuroscience of PsychotherapyThe Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social BrainThe New BrainThe New Science of DreamingThe New Science of the MindThe New UnconsciousThe Normal PersonalityThe Origins of FairnessThe Overflowing BrainThe Oxford Companion to the MindThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of MindThe Paradoxical PrimateThe Perfectionist's HandbookThe Peripheral MindThe Phenomenology ReaderThe Philosopher's Secret FireThe Philosophical BabyThe Political MindThe Politics of HappinessThe Positive Side of Negative EmotionsThe Postnational SelfThe Postpartum EffectThe Power of PlayThe Praeger Handbook of TranssexualityThe Present Moment in Psychotherapy and Everyday LifeThe Primate MindThe Prism of GrammarThe Psychobiology of Trauma and Resilience Across the LifespanThe Psychological Construction of EmotionThe Psychology of Good and EvilThe Psychology of Good and EvilThe Psychology of HappinessThe Psychology of LifestyleThe Psychology of Religious FundamentalismThe Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific MindThe Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific MindThe Psychology of SpiritualityThe Psychology of StereotypingThe Psychology of SuperheroesThe Psychophysiology of Self-AwarenessThe Pursuit of PerfectThe Quest for Mental HealthThe Rational ImaginationThe Ravenous BrainThe Reasons of LoveThe Righteous MindThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy of PsychologyThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy of PsychologyThe Science of EvilThe Science of Intimate RelationshipsThe Science of Shame and its Treatment The Second SelfThe Secret History of EmotionThe Secret Lives of BoysThe Self and Its EmotionsThe Self-Sabotage CycleThe Sensitive SelfThe Shape of ThoughtThe Social AnimalThe Social Nature of Mental IllnessThe Social Neuroscience of EmpathyThe Social Psychology of Good and EvilThe Social Psychology of MoralityThe Social Psychology of MoralityThe Story of Intellectual DisabilityThe Structure of ThinkingThe Survivors ClubThe Talking ApeThe Teenage BrainThe Tell-Tale BrainThe Temperamental ThreadThe Tender CutThe Tending InstinctThe Time ParadoxThe Trauma MythThe Trauma of Psychological TortureThe Trauma of Psychological TortureThe True PathThe Truth About GriefThe Turing TestThe Uncertain SciencesThe Unhappy ChildThe Upside of IrrationalityThe War for Children's MindsThe Well-Tuned BrainThe Wild Girl, Natural Man, and the MonsterThe Winner's BrainThe Wisdom in FeelingThe Woman RacketThe World in My Mind, My Mind in the WorldThe Wow ClimaxThe Yipping TigerThemes, Issues and Debates in PsychologyTheoretical Issues in Psychology: An IntroductionTheory of AddictionTheory of MindThings and PlacesThink CatThink Confident, Be ConfidentThinking about AddictionThinking and SeeingThis Emotional Life: In Search of Ourselves...and HappinessThought and LanguageThought in a Hostile WorldTo Have and To Hurt:Toward an Evolutionary Biology of LanguageToward Replacement Parts for the BrainTrauma and Human ExistenceTrauma, Tragedy, TherapyTreating Attachment DisordersTreating Self-InjuryTreating Self-Injury: A Practical GuideTrue to Our FeelingsTrusting the Subject?Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality DisorderUnderstanding ConsciousnessUnderstanding ParanoiaUnderstanding PeopleUnderstanding TerrorismUndoing Perpetual StressUnlock the Genius WithinUnsettled MindsUnstrange MindsUnthinkingUs and ThemViolent PartnersVirtue, Vice, and PersonalityVision and MindVisual AgnosiaWarrior's DishonourWe Who Are DarkWednesday Is Indigo BlueWelcome to Your BrainWhat Do Women Want?What Dying People WantWhat Have We DoneWhat Intelligence Tests MissWhat Is an Emotion: Classic and Contemporary ReadingsWhat Is Emotion?What is Intelligence?What Is Mental Illness?What Is Thought?What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite What the Best College Students DoWhat the Dog SawWhat We Know about Emotional IntelligenceWhat We Say MattersWhat's Wrong With Morality?When Boys Become BoysWhen Perfect Isn't Good EnoughWhen the Impossible HappensWhen Walls Become DoorwaysWho's Been Sleeping in Your HeadWho's in Charge?Why Humans Like to CryWhy Love MattersWhy Lyrics LastWhy People CooperateWhy People Die by SuicideWhy Sex Matters: A Darwinian Look at Human BehaviorWhy Smart People Can Be So StupidWhy the Mind is Not a ComputerWhy Us?Why We LieWhy We LoveWider than the SkyWilliam James at the BoundariesWilling, Wanting, WaitingWittgenstein And PsychologyWomen and Child Sexual AbuseWorking MindsYoga and PsychologyYou Are What You RememberYoung Minds in Social WorldsYour Brain on CubsYour Brain on FoodYour Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings,Your Brain on YogaYour Child in the BalanceZombies and Consciousness

Related Topics
EmotionsReview - Emotions
A Social Science Reader
by Monica Greco and Paul Stenner (Editors)
Routledge, 2009
Review by Dina Mendonça, Ph.D.
Mar 23rd 2010 (Volume 14, Issue 12)

The aim of the book is to give students, scholars as well as the general public, a broad overview of the research done in the study of emotions in the work of social scientists in the course of the last three decades. The extracts chosen reflect the 'affective turn' of many of the social sciences such as to show how emotions not only became another item of study but in addition this study has the potential to modify the way these disciplines understand their acquisition of knowledge and their research activities. The editors have selected mostly from the tradition of qualitative research and the size of the extracted pieces varies. The reader is organized into four parts (I. Universals and Particulars; II. Embodying Affect;  III. Political Economies of Affect; IV. Affect Power and Justice), each of which contain three thematic sections, and all of these sections are preceded with introductions that provide a guide for the specific themes and highlight the complementarities of the chosen extracts. Also, the book offers a selected bibliography for further reading thematically organized.

The first part, Universals and Particulars of Affect, shows the centrality of the debate for the definition of emotions, showing how the different disciplines have made contributions for the structure of the tension between the universalized and contingent aspect of emotion. The first section, "Emotions, history and civilization" begins with an extract from Thomas Dixon's book From Passion to Emotion, where he proposes that the shift from 'passions' to 'emotions' cannot be understood simply as the employment of a new word to describe the same thing. The following extract, from Norbert Elias whose work has been credited for providing something of a paradigm for subsequent historical and historical-sociological research of emotions, is an illustration of an approach that focuses on the norms of emotional reality. The next extract is one from a work, which has taken Elias idea and applied and developed it with application to social phenomena. In "The politics of agoraphobia" (1990), Abram De Swaan presents an analytical framework for understanding how social developments may have altered the intimate relations between people. The fourth and final extract of this section is from a book by Peter and Deborah Stearns, in which they present a number of methodological choices in relation to the problem of causation in historical focus, or of adopting a larger, meta-historical focus of analysis, specifically focusing on the discussion of causation in relation to changes in specific emotions. The second section, "Emotions and Culture", focuses on the constructivists' contribution to the field of emotion theory and how they define emotion more as a social judgment than an internal feeling state and how their research focuses on the transfer of emotion concepts into the social processes than surround them.  The first extract, by Catherine Lutz, is one of the best-known exponents of the constructivists approach to the study of emotion. The second extract, from an article by William Reddy, takes issue with the strong constructionism drawing and on post-structuralists insights about language and on reformulations of classic psychodynamic concepts, to offer a post-positivist and non-essentialist account of feeling. The author of the third extract is another ethno historian of emotions, Michale Harkin, who also draws on psychodynamic approaches in explicit contrast with discursive ones. The last extract, by John Lindquist, is a recent contribution to the vast body of anthropological research on emotions in Southeast Asia, which examines malu (shame, embarrassment) as a key emotional trope for contemporary Indonesian migrants. In the third section, "Emotions and Society", the editors tried to provide a balanced selection of the seven theoretical variants in the sociology of emotion (dramaturgical and cultural, ritual, symbolic interactionist, symbolic interactionist and psychoanalytical elements, exchange theorizing and evolutionary) while they also include a contribution from the system-theoretical perspective. Starting with an extract from Jack Barbalet's book Emotion, social Theory and Social Structure (2001) which presents a macro-sociological approach to emotions, the section moves on to an extract of Goffman's classic article "Embarrassment and Social Organization" (1956) where he recognized that emotion is a genuine social category by showing how embarrassment is part and parcel of socially prescribed behavior and not a primitive and irrational biopsychological force that disturbs orderly conduct. The following four extracts of this section are taken from sociologists who have made a significant contribution from the second half of the '70: Susan Shotts "Emotion and Social life", Arlie Russess Hochschild "Emotion Work, Feeling Rules and Social Structure", Theodore Kemper " Power status and Emotion", Randall Collins "The role of Emotion in Social Structure, Niklas Luhmann "Individuality of Psychic Systems". 

In the second part, Embodying Affect, pieces on the relationship between emotions and selfhood, emotions and place, and emotions and health are given such as to show how these different areas of interest interact with one another. The first section of this second part deals with "Emotions, Selfhood and Identity" starting with an extract of Silvan Tomkins, a key to the "affective turn, which focuses on his script theory. The second extract, "Cool Rules" by Dick Pountain and David Robins, offers an anatomy of attitude examining how the script of cool has been highly influential in our modern world, while the following extract by Charles Morgan and James Averill "True feelings, the self, and authenticity" deals with the more romantic script in which feelings are construed as the source of authentic identity. The next extract by Agneta Fisher and Jeroen Janz's (1995) "Reconciling Emotions with Western Personhood" applies anthropological lens to western culture, and poses the question of whether or not a tension exists between the idea of rational and self-contained personhood and the ordinary conception of emotions as irrational and involuntary forces. Finally, the section ends with an extract about the absolute central emotion for self-identity: shame (for shame is the "self-conscious affect" (Tangney and Fisher 1995)). In "Self-consciousness in Shame: the role of the other", W. Ray Crozier (1998) focuses on shame and how it implies core aspects of the self. The second section, "Emotions, Space and Place" focuses on how space and place are decisive ingredients of the social understanding of affect. The first article from Nigel Thrift's (2004) article "Intensities of Feeling towards a special politics of affect" where he attempts to develop a 'non-representational' theory of the affective turn capable of moving beyond the a discursive version of social constructivism. In the second extract from Rani Kawale (2004) "inequalities of the heart" exemplifies a social constructionist concern to challenge the "naturalness" of heterosexuality through an analysis of the ways in which everyday places are "felt". While the third extract by Mimi Sheller (2004) called "automobile emotions" is about the "feeling" of everyday spaces mainly focused on the feeling of the car, the last extract of this section is from Ben Anderson's (2005) article "Domestic Geographies of Affect" where he explores some of the affective dynamics involved in the operation of making judgments in mundane domestic spaces. The last section, "Emotions and Health" is an illustration of the long history of research on emotion in connection to health and disease. The first extract is from a widely quoted article by Peter E. Freund, which argues for the relevance of an existential phenomenological perspective in understanding the link between emotions and health. Followed by an extract of "Portrayals of Suffering" by Alan Radley, who is a pioneer in the study of biographical, narrative and cultural aspects of the experience of illness. In the next extract, "Metaphors our bodyminds live by", Wilce and Price outlines an agenda for "local biologies". In the next extract Elizabeth Wilson with "The work of antidepressants" exemplifies one of the ways in which engagement with the (natural) sciences of emotion can be productive o innovation in social theory.  Finally, the last extract entitled "Disorders without Borders? The expanding scope of psychiatric practice" by Nikolas Rosa, considers the increase of quantity of mental disorders and how we have become more capable of recognizing mental disorders.

The third part, "Political Economies of Affect" covers the impact of emotions in political economy. The first section, "Emotion in Work and Organization" begins with an extract, which addresses the relatively neglected topic of emotion work in connection with "race". Kiran Mirchandani's argument draws on anti-racism feminist theory to propose not only a focus on "racial silences" in the literature on emotion work, but also a methodological critique of dominant approaches in the field. The following extract by Stephen Fineman, "Getting the measure of emotion – and the cautionary Tale of emotional intelligence", also offers a set of critical methodological reflections addressed at the recent growth of quantitative techniques for the study of emotion work.

The third extract, "The Caring-Killing paradox" by Reeves and colleagues illustrates a different use for quantitative investigation in the study of emotion at work by exploring the psychological ramifications of euthanasia related work in the context of animal shelters. The fourth and final extract by Allen Smith and Sherryl Kleinman looks at emotion management in the context of the profession of medicine. The following section of this third part, "Emotions, Economics and Consumer Culture" pays attention to the way emotions are central to economic processes of production and consumption, as well as processes of decision-making. The first extract is taken from Colin Campbell's work "The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism (1987) and deals with the connection of pleasure as an ethical element of consumerism which shows that while pleasure can be used for commercial interests such usage has a way of promoting romanticism. The second extract, drawn from Danny Miller's A theory of Shopping (1998), is a good reading to counterbalance those writers who mainly stress the illusory, shallow and hedonistic values of consumption for it shows how love, caring, obligation, responsibility and habit play a crucial role in shopping.  Love is the issue of the third extract by Daniel Lefkowitz, "Investing in emotion", where he examines how television commercials are associated with loving and nurturing and care or with anger and violence. The last extract is from an article "Emotions and Economic Theory" by Jon Elster (1998), which is a pioneer work in attempting to bridge the gap between emotion theory and economic. The last section of the third part, "Emotions and the Media" explores the fact that mass media does not only mediate what we know but also much of what we feel. The first extract Briggitta Höijer, examines Swedish and Norwegian audience reactions to television news and documentary reporting of human suffering in the Kosovo war. The second extract "Chav Mum, Chav Scum: class disgust in contemporary Britain", Imogen Tyler (2008) examines the emotional characteristics associated with figure of the "chav" in British newspapers, TV comedy and Internet for a, and newspapers. The third extract, "Talking alone: reality TV, emotions and authenticity" (2006), by Minna Aslama and Mervi Pantti looks at the various ways in which "real life" emotional encounters are staged within reality TV shows. Finally, the last extract from Film Structure and the Emotion System by Greg Smith (2003) draws upon a growing tradition of work that analyses the relationship between motion pictures and emotion. 

In the last part of the book, "Affect Power, and Emotion", the editors choose articles that address the relationship between emotions and social justice. The first group of extracts concern the connection of emotion and politics. The first extract of this section, "The Emotional deficit in Political Communication" by Barry Richards addresses a broad change in the forms of political communication in recent years, towards what he calls an 'emotionalization' of politics, which stems partly from the increasing influence of popular culture on the sphere of politics, and from the tendency for people to relate to politics in a 'mode of consumption'. In the second extract, Anne-Marie Fortier examines the role of emotions in the press media response to the publication of the Parekh Report on 'The future of Multi-ethnic Britain' (2000) discussing the effects of displaying of emotion on the kind of national community and national identity.

The third piece, "A museum of hope: a Story of Robben Island" by Sharing and Kempa, examines hope as a 'technology of governance' namely a collective sensibility that can be steered in various directions by governing agencies. In the fourth extract, Deborah Gould examines the role of emotional ambivalence in shaping lesbian and gay responses to the AIDS crisis in the US, and the emergence of militant AIDS activism.

The second section, "Emotions and Law", offers five thought provoking extracts on how emotions are reflected in law and how particular theories of emotion are implicitly embedded in particular legal theories. The first extract is from Kathy Laster and Pat O'Malley Sensitive New Age laws (1996) and it illustrates the reassertion of emotionality in law in relation to rape, domestic violence, and psychological distress in Australian criminal law. Next, Bettina Lange's (2002) article "The Emotional Dimension in Legal Regulation" shows emotions as a crucial 'link concept' between the legal realm and society more generally and the underlying enterprise of the law of regulating conduct. The third extract, 'Affective versus Effective Justice by Arie Freiberg (2001), deals with the broader question of crime prevention policies and argues that successful policies must address the deeper affective aspects of the social place and meaning of crime. The fourth extract, from an article by anthropologist Yael Navaro-Yashin "Make-Believe Papers, legal forms and the counterfeit: affective interactions between documents and people in Britain and Cyprus" (2007) is the example of a study that looks at objects as phenomena that generates affect carrying affect research into a the new domain of physical things. The final extract by Susanne Karstedt "Emotion and Criminal Justice" (2002), critically develops the theme of the 'emotionalization of law', describing it as a process which has transformed criminal justice globally in the last decade including certain emotional states as 'barometers' of social morality. Emotions such as anger, disgust and shame, for example, have been re-introduced into criminal procedures and are increasingly recognized as 'barometers' of social morality. The fourth and last section of the book, "Compassion, Hate, and Terror", begins with an extract from A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the legacies of torture (1998) by Feitlowitz and shows how she sets about constructing a lexicon of terror which bears witness to some of the perversions of language that wrapped up in the suffering inflicted upon so many victims of the regime. In the second piece, Lauren Berlant scrutinizes some of the issues at stake in the recent re-branding of the US Republican Party as 'compassionate conservatism' where Berlant suggests that compassion might be better though of as a social and aesthetic technology of belonging' rather than some authentic, organic emotion. The same theme appears in the third extract of the section "Violence, Mourning and Politics" from Judith Butler where he is interested in whether a basis for community can be found in our response to loss and our sense of vulnerability, particularly in the context of political violence. The following extract from social psychologists Elaine Hatfield and Richard Rapson is concerned to address the part played by what they call 'primitive' forms of 'emotional contagion' in the forms of hatred now associated with words such as 'Serbia and Bosnia', 'Cambodia', 'Rwanda', 'Palestine and Israel' and 'Kenya'. The final extract from Natan Sznaider The compassion of Temperament (2001) presents compassion as an organized effort to lessen the suffering of strangers as a distinct modern form of moral sentiment.

The lengthy amount to excerpts described above is sufficient to identify the broad offer of reading the book provides and how, despite the great diversity of approaches presented, the social sciences share the affective turn as a turn. Unfortunately, not all excerpts give the same thought provoking challenge of wanting to read the full work from where it comes and despite the thoughtful effort of the well written introductions it is not always visible what the whole work from which the extract was taken is all about. Hopefully everyone will be generally informed of what is at stake on the research of emotions in the social sciences, and each reader will be enticed to read more of the works selected according to their interests and their field of studies. Among other things this book will serve to open the doors between the different corridors of the world of social scientists and their different areas of expertise, educated students to maintain the attention to other social fields so as to be capable of identifying research outcomes as well as to be critical of research trends. 

 

© 2010 Dina Mendonça

 

Dina Mendonça, Ph.D. Instituto de Filosofia da Linguagem, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa


Share

Welcome to MHN's unique book review site Metapsychology. We feature over 7700 in-depth reviews of a wide range of books and DVDs written by our reviewers from many backgrounds and perspectives. We update our front page weekly and add more than thirty new reviews each month. Our editor is Christian Perring, PhD. To contact him, use one of the forms available here.

Can't remember our URL? Access our reviews directly via 'metapsychology.net'


Metapsychology Online reviewers normally receive gratis review copies of the items they review.
Metapsychology Online receives a commission from Amazon.com for purchases through this site, which helps us send review copies to reviewers. Please support us by making your Amazon.com purchases through our Amazon links. We thank you for your support!


Join our e-mail list!: Metapsychology New Review Announcements: Sent out monthly, these announcements list our recent reviews. To subscribe, click here.

Interested in becoming a book reviewer for Metapsychology? Currently, we especially need thoughtful reviewers for books in fiction, self-help and popular psychology. To apply, write to our editor.

Metapsychology Online Reviews

Promote your Page too

Metapsychology Online Reviews
ISSN 1931-5716