Best Laid Schemes: The Psychology of the Emotions

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 28, 1992 - Philosophy - 525 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Romantic movement
2
An integrative theory
3
Style and the question of insight
4
Organization and content of the book
6
Theory and function
9
The structure of emotions
14
What is an emotion?
16
Stress and distress
262
Stress and psychosomatic illness
264
Life events and depression
282
A theory of depression
293
The statistics of science and the portraits of art
303
Freuds cognitive psychology of intention the case of Dora
307
The case of the missing intentions
311
Multiple intentions and the repercussions of conflict
321

Simple plans
24
Augmented planning
31
Emotions as communications
44
Intuitive and empirical approaches to understanding
69
Ordinary language and emotion terms in English
74
Theory and evidence
88
Emotions intuitions and insight
122
Rationality and emotions
130
What is rationality?
148
Overcoming limitations of individuals
165
Assembly of fragments into complex plans
172
Mutual plans and social emotions
178
Interpersona1 schemata of emotions
204
And speaking of emotions the pragmatics of emotion terms
217
Conflict and unpredictability
221
Plans and emotions in fictional narrative
225
George Eliots Middlemarch
238
Whose intentions?
332
Dorothea and Dora
339
Enjoyment and creativity
347
Happiness
350
Where and when does happiness occur?
360
The interpersonal structure of happiness
364
How might one become happy?
376
Putting emotions into words
383
Three types of disjunction in emotions
385
Joining semantic and nonsemantic aspects
393
Epilogue
411
Four bases of understanding emotions
414
Notes
419
References
477
Author index
505
Subject index
513
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Oatley of the University of Toronto

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