Emotion as personal relatedness

Hobson, R Peter (2012) Emotion as personal relatedness. Emotion Review, 4 (2). pp. 169-175. ISSN 1754-0747 (Electronic) 1754-0739 (Print)

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In this article, I consider the structure of interpersonal emotional relations. I argue that current cognitive-developmental theory has overestimated the role of conceptual thinking, and underestimated the role of intrinsic social-emotional organization, in the early development of such feelings as jealousy, shame, and concern. I suggest that human forms of social experience are shaped by a process through which one individual identifies with the bodily expressed attitudes of other people, and stress the diversity of self–other relational states. I draw on studies in developmental psychopathology, and specifically research in autism and borderline personality disorder, to illustrate some implications of this viewpoint.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personal Relatedness, Interpersonal Emotional Relations, Conceptual Thinking, Borderline Personality Disorder, Autism, Identification Tests & Measures: Sticker Test of Hobson and Meyer
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Personality Disorders (e.g. narcissism)
Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Department/People: Special Units
URI: https://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/650

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