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The Hidden Genius of Emotion : Lifespan Transformations of Personality
Carol Magai and Jeannette Haviland-Jones
Cambridge University Press / Hardcover / Oct 2002
9780521640947 (ISBN-10: 0521640946)
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544 pages
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This book is about emotion and personality, focusing on how emotion powerfully influences moment-to-moment thoughts, behaviors, and interpersonal interactions. Though emotion is continually present, it is seldom in consciousness, and thus affects lives in a covert manner. This hidden influence is revealed through the example of the lives of three famous mid-century psychologists: Carl Rogers, Albert Ellis, and Fritz Perls. Carol Magai and Jeanette Haviland-Jones show how each person has his or her own unique "emotional organization," that exerts a distinct and unique bias on what we see, feel, and think.

"Ambitious, textured, and elegant... This book is a tour de force demonstration of how one can indeed carry out a study of the whole person in all his or her complexity. Highly recommended." Choice

Table of Contents


Part I. Introduction:
1. Challenging the prevailing view
2. Affect, human development, and dynamic systems

Part II. Emotion as the Integrative Link in Social and Personality Development:
3. Lives attracted to shame and longing: Rogers
4. Lives repelled by fear and distress: Ellis
5. Lives repelled and attracted by contempt and shame: Perls

Part III. Emotion as the Link in Intellectual Work:
6. Wisdom and passion
7. Cognitive stages and joy, surprise: Rogers
8. Cartesian logic and anger, fear: Ellis
9. Dialectical logic and excitement, disgust and shame: Perls

Part IV. Emotion as the Link in Therapeutic Behavior:
10. Postures and climate in dyadic interaction

Part V. Presenting a New View:
11. Summarizing the emotional links
12. Lives and change: emotional energy in linear, complex, and chaotic personality systems.


Carol Magai, Long Island University, New York

Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Rutgers University, New Jersey

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