Affect Imagery Consciousness

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Affect Imagery Consciousness

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Volume I: The Positive Affects

Author: Silvan S. Tomkins PhD


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...brilliant..."--Malcolm Gladwell, Author of Blink

The writings for which this essay is offered as a Prologue consumed him from the mid-1950s through the end of his life in 1991. Knowing it was his "lifework," Tomkins conflated "life" and "work," reifying the superstition that its completion would equal death and refusing to release for publication long-completed material. He knew the risks associated with this obsessive, neurotic behavior, and the results were as bad as predicted. The first two volumes of Affect Imagery Consciousness (AIC) were released in 1962 and 1963, Volume III in 1991 shortly before he succumbed to a particularly virulent strain of small cell lymphoma, and Volume IV a year after his death. This last book contains Tomkins's understanding of neocortical cognition, ideas that are even now exciting, but until this current publication of his work as a single supervolume, almost nobody has read it. The bulk of his audience had died along with the enthusiasm generated by his ideas. Big science is now more a matter of big machines and unifocal discoveries as the basis for pars pro toto reasoning than big ideas based on the assembly and analysis of all that is known. Tomkins ignored nothing from any science past or present that might lead him toward a more certain understanding of the mind. Every idea, every theory deserved attention if only because significant observations can loiter in blind alleys."--From the Prologue by Donald L. Nathanson, MD

Volume 1 of Springer's magisterial new two-volume edition of Tomkins's magnum opus comprises The Positive Affects and The Negative Affects."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 15, 2008
  • Page Count 588
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826144041
  • EISBN 9780826144096

Table of Contents 

    Prologue by, Donald L. Nathanson, MD
  1. Introduction: Consciousness and Affect in Behaviorism and Psychoanalysis
  2. Drive–Affect Interactions: Motivational Information of Time and Place of Response—When, Where, What, to What
  3. Amplification, Attenuation and Affects
  4. Freedom of the Will and the Structure of the Affect System
  5. Evolution and Affect
  6. Visibility and Invisibility of the Affect System
  7. The Primary Site of the Affects: The Face
  8. The Innate Determinants of Affect
  9. Affect Dynamics
  10. Interest–Excitement
  11. Enjoyment–Joy and the Smiling Response: Developmental, Physiological and Comparative Aspects
  12. The Dynamics of Enjoyment–Joy: The Social Bond
  13. Surprise–Startle: The Resetting Affect

  15. Distress–Anguish and the Crying Response
  16. Distress–Anguish Dynamics: The Adult Consequences of the Socialization of Crying
  17. Shame–Humiliation Versus Contempt–Disgust: The Nature of the Response
  18. Shame–Humiliation and the Taboo on Looking
  19. The Sources of Shame–Humiliation, Contempt–Disgust and Self-Contempt–Self-Disgust
  20. The Impact of Humiliation: General Images and Strategies
  21. Continuities and Discontinuities in the Impact of Humiliation: The Intrusion and Iceberg Models
  22. Continuities and Discontinuities in the Impact of Humiliation: The Monopolistic and Snowball Models
  23. The Structure of Monopolistic Humiliation Theory, Including the Paranoid Posture and Paranoid Schizophrenia
  24. Continuities and Discontinuities in the Impact of Humiliation: Some Specific Examples of the Paranoid Posture

  25. References—Volumes I and II
    Author Index I-1
    Subject Index I-6