Curious Emotions

Roots of consciousness and personality in motivated action

| Clark Atlanta University
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Emotion drives all cognitive processes, largely determining their qualitative feel, their structure, and in part even their content. Action-initiating centers deep in the emotional brain ground our understanding of the world by enabling us to imagine how we could act relative to it, based on endogenous motivations to engage certain levels of energy and complexity. Thus understanding personality, cognition, consciousness and action requires examining the workings of dynamical systems applied to emotional processes in living organisms. If an object's meaning depends on its action affordances, then understanding intentionality in emotion or cognition requires exploring why emotion is the bridge between action and representational processes such as thought or imagery; and this requires integrating phenomenology with neurophysiology. The resulting viewpoint, "enactivism," entails specific new predictions, and suggests that emotions are about the self-initiated actions of dynamical systems, not reactive "responses" to external events; consciousness is more about motivated anticipation than reaction to inputs. (Series A)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 61]  2005.  viii, 238 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction
1–23
1. Preconscious Emotional Intentionality
25–45
2.Motivated attention in action: How emotion creates conscious intentionality
47–77
3. Non-consummatory motivations: Extropy and “life wish” in the self-organization of emotion
79–101
4. Homeostasis, extropy, and boundary needs as grounding specific emotions
103–130
5. Varieties of extended self and personality
131–165
6. Learning about emotions through the arts
167–187
7. Dynamical systems and emotional agency: A closer look
189–213
Conclusion
215–221
References
223–232
Index
233–238
“This is an important book, a major contribution to the embodiment/self-organization paradigm in psychology/psychiatry. Ellis follows in the tradition of a set of culturally diverse thinkers ranging from Merleau-Ponty to the original Gestalt theorists to humanist psychologists such as Maslow, Rogers, and Gendlin. This work will become an inspiration for transforming many of the prevalent diminutive social policies which are based implicitly on a restricted concept of human identity. ”
“The key to this book is the notion of self-organizing system, already under serious development in biology, the cognitive and affective neurosciences, psychiatry, and psychology. Ellis juxtaposes experimental results from all these sciences alongside the deepest existential and humanist concerns, thereby reconciling reductionist and non-reductionist research. Recommended for scientists, philosophers, clinicians, and anyone else with interdisciplinary interests in the emotions, cognition, consciousness, and the ways that nature has interwoven them.”
“Ralph Ellis' new book develops an enactive account of emotions that makes room for 'higher' and even 'existential' ones. This view of the higher emotions puts them right at the centre of our most basic motivational structure. His book is unusually wide ranging, extending from the neurophysiology of how emotions are activated to discussing Maslow's 'self-actualization'.”
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Consciousness Research

Consciousness research

Philosophy

Philosophy
BIC Subject: JM – Psychology
BISAC Subject: PSY000000 – PSYCHOLOGY / General
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