Emotion and Adaptation

Paperback | June 1, 1994

byRichard S. Lazarus

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In this landmark work, Richard Lazarus -- one of the world's foremost authorities -- offers a comprehensive treatment of the psychology of emotion, its role in adaptation, and the issues that must be addressed to understand it. The work provides a complete theory of emotional processes,explaining how different emotions are elicited and expressed, and how the emotional range of individuals develops over their lifetime. The author's approach puts emotion in a central role as a complex, patterned, organic reaction to both daily events and long-term efforts on the part of theindividual to survive, flourish, and achieve. In his view, emotions cannot be divorced from other functions--whether biological, social, or cognitive--and express the intimate, personal meaning of what individuals experience. As coping and adapting processes, they are seen as part of the ongoingeffort to monitor changes, stimuli, and stresses arising from the environment. After defining emotion and discussing issues of classification and measurement, Lazarus turns to the topics of motivation, cognition, and causality as key concepts in this theory. Next he looks at individual emotions,both negative and positive, and examines their development in terms of social influences and individual events. Finally, he considers the long-term consequences of emotion on physical health and well-being, and the treatment and prevention of emotional dysfunction. The book draws together therelevant research from a wide variety of sources, and distills the author's pioneering work in the field over the last forty years. As a comprehensive treatment of the emotions, the book will interest students, clinicians, and researchers involved in personality, social and clinical psychology, aswell as cognitive and developmental psychology. It may also be used as a supplemental textbook in courses on the psychology of adjustment, emotion, and feeling.

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In this landmark work, Richard Lazarus -- one of the world's foremost authorities -- offers a comprehensive treatment of the psychology of emotion, its role in adaptation, and the issues that must be addressed to understand it. The work provides a complete theory of emotional processes,explaining how different emotions are elicited and...

Richard S. Lazarus is at University of California at Berkeley (Emeritus).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019509266X

ISBN - 13:9780195092660

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Table of Contents

PART I: Background1. About Emotion2. Issues of Research, Classification, and MeasurementPART II: The Cognitive-Motivational-Relational Theory3. The Person-Environment Relationship, Motivation, and Coping4. Cognition and Emotion5. Issues of CausalityPART III: Individual Emotions6. Goal-Incongruent (Negative) Emotions7. Goal-Congruent (Positive) and Problematic EmotionsPART IV: Emotional Development8. Individual Development9. Social InfluencePART V: Practical Applications10. Emotions and Health11. Implications for Research, Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

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"All in all, Lazarus has something to say about cognition and emotion, says it lucidly and with warmth, and tips us off to where the focal research should be." --Contemporary Sociology