Cognition and Emotion: From Order to Disorder

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Psychology Press, 2008 - Psychology - 439 pages
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The relationship between thinking and feeling has puzzled philosophers for centuries, but more recently has become a dominant focus in psychology and in the brain sciences. This second edition of the highly praised Cognition and Emotion examines everything from past philosophical to current psychological perspectives in order to offer a novel understanding of both normal emotional experience and the emotional disorders.

The authors integrate work on normal emotions with work on the emotional disorders. Although there are many influential theories of normal emotions within the cognition and emotion literature, these theories rarely address the issue of disordered emotions. Similarly, there are numerous theories that seek to explain one or more emotional disorders (e.g., depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and phobias), but which rarely discuss normal emotions. The present book draws these separate strands together and introduces a theoretical framework that can be applied to both normal and disordered emotions. It also provides a core cognition and emotion textbook through the inclusion of a comprehensive review of the basic literature. The book includes chapters on the historical background and philosophy of emotion, reviews the main theories of normal emotions and of emotional disorders, and includes separate chapters organised around the five basic emotions of fear, sadness, anger, disgust, and happiness.

Cognition and Emotion: From Order to Disorder provides both an advanced textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in addition to a novel approach with a range of implications for clinical practice for work with the emotional disorders.

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About the author (2008)

Mick Power is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and is a practising clinical psychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in the University of London and has worked as a clinical psychologist at Guy's Hospital, and at the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals. He has worked for the Medical Research Council and for many years has been a Research Advisor with the World Health Organization.

Tim Dalgleish is a Senior Research Scientist and practising clinical psychologist at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. He completed his doctoral training and clinical psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. His main research interests include psychological reactions to trauma and cognition-emotion relations in the emotional disorders.

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