What Develops in Emotional Development?

  • Michael F. Mascolo
  • Sharon Griffin

Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sharon Griffin, Michael F. Mascolo
      Pages 3-27
    3. Michael Lewis
      Pages 29-50
  3. Biological and Differential Emotions Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Jaak Panksepp, Brian Knutson, Douglas L. Pruitt
      Pages 53-84
    3. Brian P. Ackerman, Jo Ann A. Abe, Carroll E. Izard
      Pages 85-106
  4. Functionalist Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Karen Caplovitz Barrett
      Pages 109-133
    3. Terrance Brown, Arnold Kozak
      Pages 135-155
  5. Systems Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Michael F. Mascolo, Debra Harkins
      Pages 189-217
    3. Michael F. Mascolo, Sharon Griffin
      Pages 219-249
  6. Social and Cultural Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. K. Laurie Dickson, Alan Fogel, Daniel Messinger
      Pages 253-271
    3. Nico H. Frijda, Batja Mesquita
      Pages 273-295
    4. James C. Mancuso, Theodore R. Sarbin
      Pages 297-316
  7. Conclusion and Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Michael F. Mascolo, Sharon Griffin
      Pages 319-340

About this book

Introduction

The problem of development is central in the study of emotional life for two basic reasons. First, emotional life so clearly changes (dramatically in the early years) with new emotional reactions emerging against the backdrop of an increasing sensitivity to context and with self-regulation of emotion emerging from a striking dependence on regulatory assistance from caregivers. Such changes demand developmental analysis. At the same time, understanding such profound changes will surely inform our understanding of the nature of development more generally. The complexity of emotional change, when grasped, will reveal the elusive nature of development itself. At the outset, we know that development is complex. We must take seriously what is present at any given phase, including the newborn period, because a developmental analysis disallows something emerging from noth­ ing. Still, it is equally nondevelopmental to posit that new forms of new processes were simply present in their precursors. Rather, development is characterized by transformations in which more complex structures and organization "emerge" from new integration of prior components and new capacities. These new forms and organizations cannot be specified from prior conditions but are due to transactions of the evolving organism with its environment over time. They are not simply in the genome, and they are not simply conditioned by the environment. They are the result of the develop­ mental process.

Keywords

cognition emotion feeling interaction neuroscience psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael F. Mascolo
    • 1
  • Sharon Griffin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMerrimack CollegeNorth AndoverUSA
  2. 2.Frances L. Hiatt School of PsychologyClark UniversityWorcesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-1939-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1941-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1939-7
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