Emotions and Personhood: Exploring Fragility - Making Sense of Vulnerability

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OUP Oxford, Feb 7, 2013 - Psychology - 352 pages
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How does a person experience emotions? What is the relationship between the experiential and biological dimensions of emotions? How do emotions figure in a person's relation to the world and to other people? How do emotions feature in human vulnerability to mental illness? Do they play a significant role in the fragile balance between mental health and illness? If emotions are in fact significant, how are they relevant for treatment? Emotions and personhood are important notions within the field of mental health care. What they are, and how they are related though, is less evident. This book provides a framework for understanding this relationship. The authors argue for an account of emotions and personhood that attempts to understand human emotions from the combined approach of philosophy and psychopathology, taking its models particularly from hermeneutical phenomenology and from dialectical psychopathology. Within the book, the authors develop a basic set of concepts for understanding what emotional experience means for a human person, with the assumption that human emotional experience is fragile - a fact which entails vulnerability to mental disturbance. Drawing on research from psychiatry, psychopathology, philosophy, and neuroscience, the book will be valuable for both students and researchers in these disciplines, and more broadly, within the field of mental health.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Subjectivity and Naturalism
A Hermeneutics of I Am
Body and Personhood
Conceptual Clarity Amidst an Abundance of Feelings
ii
Ambivalent Personhood
ii
Emotions and Personhood
ii
Moods and Affects
ii
The Feeling Brain
ii
Schizophrenia as a Disorder of Mood
iv
Borderland
lxix
Emotions Vulnerability and a Therapy of Care
cxxii
References
clv
Index
clxxxviii
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