Rules of Hope

  • James R. Averill
  • George Catlin
  • Kyum Koo Chon

Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. James R. Averill, George Catlin, Kyum Koo Chon
    Pages 1-8
  3. James R. Averill, George Catlin, Kyum Koo Chon
    Pages 9-35
  4. James R. Averill, George Catlin, Kyum Koo Chon
    Pages 37-49
  5. James R. Averill, George Catlin, Kyum Koo Chon
    Pages 51-70
  6. James R. Averill, George Catlin, Kyum Koo Chon
    Pages 71-89
  7. James R. Averill, George Catlin, Kyum Koo Chon
    Pages 91-105
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 107-134

About this book

Introduction

Hope has been called the "life blood of the soul", an indispensable condition for human existence. Yet evidence in this book suggests that hope is neither a necessary nor a universal part of life. Rather, hope is constituted in accordance with cultural norms, and hence it may vary fundamentally from one society to another. In the first of four studies, Averill, Catlin, and Chon delineate four classes of rules that help constitute hope in Western societies. A second study examines the similarities and differences between hope and other, more prototypic emotions, such as anger and love. The third study uses content analyses of maxims and metaphors to clarify further the Western model of hope. In the fourth study, hope is compared with himang, its closest counterpart in Korea. The results of these studies provide the basis for an analysis of the functions of hope, on both the individual and social levels. But this book is not simply about hope. It is also about emotions in general. Current psychological theories focus on emotions that have distinct physiological components (e.g., fear and anger) and that can be investigated using animal models. As a consequence, our theories have a strong biological orientation. How would our theories change if they were to encompass more cognitively oriented emotions, such as hope? Rules of Hope provides some answers to this question.

Keywords

ETA Self anatomy emotion

Authors and affiliations

  • James R. Averill
    • 1
  • George Catlin
    • 1
  • Kyum Koo Chon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Massachusetts at AmherstAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Sung Kyun Kwan UniversitySeoulKorea

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-9674-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-97219-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-9674-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-7532
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