The Psychology of Emotion: From Everyday Life to Theory

The Psychology of Emotion: From Everyday Life to Theory

The Psychology of Emotion: From Everyday Life to Theory

The Psychology of Emotion: From Everyday Life to Theory


'It is late at night and you are sitting quietly. The neighbours are all away. Suddenly, there is a huge thump on the door, a scream and then a deathly silence...'

As emotion and emotional experience are a daily occurrence, they have always been key topics of study for psychologists. Now in its fifth edition, The Psychology of Emotion is a classic student text on the subject. This textbook offers a comprehensive guide to all the main theories and concepts of emotion, and relates these back to everyday life, using examples that everyone can identify with.

Written in an engaging, accessible style, this fully revised edition features:

• Comprehensive overview and discussion of main theories of emotion

• Real life examples to illustrate key concepts

• Discussion topics

• Chapter summaries

• Suggestions for further reading
The multi-disciplinary approach taken will appeal to those investigating emotion in the fields of philosophy and the social sciences, as well as to psychology students and lecturers. Everyone studying or teaching emotion will find The Psychology of Emotion to be an invaluable resource.


A fifth edition. Phew! Over a 30-year time span. Where has it gone? Putting such thoughts to one side, the great thing is that during those 30 years the study of emotion has begun to come of age, in a serious way. In the early 1970s there was little information and a general eschewing of emotion by psychologists. The reasons for this are best developed in another context; for now it is enough to say that the study of emotion seemed a little difficult to pursue with the type of scientific rigour that many psychologists had come to believe was the only way forward. No matter that emotion is an integral part of human existence.

Because emotion is inescapable, its study had to develop, and the various editions of this book have reflected that development. Meanwhile, many other texts on emotion have appeared, to the great credit of those who have produced them. At last, we are getting somewhere and not merely within psychology. Emotion is such a ubiquitous aspect of life that it can be viewed from multiple perspectives.

Moreover, in the last few years, the importance of emotion in everyday life, at work, in sport, at home, within the arts and so on has also come to be recognised by those who study it. Of course, its importance in those contexts has long been recognised by those who don't study it. But that is another matter. Received wisdom, both of the everyday sort and the academic variety, is at last moving away from the idea that emotion is to be contrasted with reason and then ignored as irrelevant. Emotion has its part to play throughout the lives of all of us, every day. Indeed, it is the very stuff of those lives. So how we regulate emotion, whether or not we might be described as emotionally intelligent, and in what ways emotion can dysfunction, if at all, have come to be hot topics. Even within the realms of clinical psychology, the role of emotion is no longer simply assumed - it is now being studied.

So, what of this fifth edition of The Psychology of Emotion? The fourth edition made an honest attempt to deal with emotion from a theoretical perspective, not ignoring empirical work, but not discussing it in detail either. The reason for this was that there was simply too much empirical work to consider in a single text that was aimed at being inclusive. Naturally, however, empirical work informed the synthesis attempted in that edition. The present edition remains theoretically based, its structure similar to the . . .

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