Emotional Development, Theory and Applications: A Neo-Piagetian Perspective
Freud's assumption that our emotions are instinctual and innate, and that they reside in our unconscious, is still the dominant notion in our conventional wisdom. If our emotions are instinctual and innate, then they have little relationship to our needs and values, and they do not change in the course of development. This book advances a contemporary theory of emotional development, a neo-Piagetian theory that postulates that both our feelings and emotions are cognitive constructions that are informed by our needs and values, and that our feelings and emotions change considerably in the course of development. Using interview and original case material, the author illustrates his theory's application to both short- and long-term psychotherapy, as well as the implications for research, assessment, emotional education, and counseling.
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If you have any spark of interest in Emotions and/or Emotional Development, then you have been egregiously remiss if you have not read Henry Dupont's book on Emotional Development... And that is exactly what Dr. Dupont has so diligently, thoughtfully and scholarly produced over many years of empirical study, clinical work, and massive research. Yes, Henry Dupont has an empirical, "Emotional Development Stage model". No one, to my knowledge, has a developmental model of emotions; Dupont has been the first and only. Many theorists, professors, teachers and others, have assumed that emotions appear at certain ages and do not change. Emotions, according to Dupont's model, are personal-social constructions that change as one positively develops, emotionally, over one's life span. We CONSTRUCT our emotions and this is vital, for we can change into mature adults, emotionally. Dr. Dupont views each emotion as comprising three basic components: affect, appraisal, and action, and after years of research, he found that these constructs, can change, becoming more sophisticated, more comprehensive, and more in consonance with universal values. All of the aforementioned constructs have invaluable applications (as identified in the book's description). I have been a graduate professor for 22 years and, always, have incorporated, through readings and discussions, Henry Dupont's Emotional Development Stage Model in my
developmental classes, which met and continue to meet, at least once a semester.
Dr. John LeCapitaine, Professor
University of Wisconsin River Falls
A Theory of Emotional Development
Needs Values Feelings and Emotions
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