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Emotion and adaptation / Richard S. Lazarus

Lazarus, Richard S.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBook; Format: print Publisher: New York [etc.] : Oxford University Press , 1991Description: xiii, 557.ISBN: 0-19-506994-3.Subject(s): Emotions | Adaptability (Psychology) | Emociones | Adaptación (Psicología)
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1 Background
  • About emotion
  • Issues of research, classification and measurements
  • Part 2 The Cognitive-Motivational-Relational Theory
  • The person-environment relationship: motivation and coping
  • Cognition and emotion
  • Issues of causality
  • Part 3 Individual Emotions
  • Goal incongruent (negative) emotions
  • Goal congruent (positive) and problematic emotions
  • Part 4 Emotional Development
  • Individual development
  • Social influence
  • Part 5 Practical Applications
  • Emotions and health
  • Implications for research, assessment, treatment and disease prevention
  • References
  • Index

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Lazarus is a major figure in US psychology, an active contributor to theories of emotion, stress, and coping. In this book, he presents an integrated account of the role emotions play in human affairs. Lazarus's approach to emotion emphasizes cognitive processes that give rise to the emotions and define their context. The work presents a broad systems theory of emotion, then examines individual emotions and discusses the development of emotions in children. Lazarus concludes with an interesting analysis of the role of emotion in health. The book is likely to interest a wide academic audience ranging from lower-divison undergraduates through graduate students in areas such as psychology, anthropology, and the health sciences. Because of the status of Lazarus and the importance of his work, this is a must-have book for academic libraries. R. Madigan; University of Alaska, Anchorage

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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

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