By Ralph D. Ellis, Natika Newton
The papers during this quantity of cognizance & Emotion publication sequence are prepared round the topic of "enaction." Enactive emotional strategies usually are not simply the recipients of data or the passive sufferers of enter and studying. The organism first is engaged in an ongoing, complicated trend of self-organizational job, for the aim of conserving a dynamical continuity of trend throughout adjustments of subserving micro-constituents and environmental stipulations, applying a number of shunt mechanisms, suggestions loops, and different advanced dynamical beneficial properties. Self-organizational constitution is used. Read more...
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Nurturant maternal urges – tender loving care, in the vernacular – can be sensitized by exposure of animals to infants (Panksepp 1998). Rat mothers exhibt a species-typical type of care – ano-genital and other bodily licking – which has recently been shown to have life-long positive effects on the offspring. The positive effects include widespread benefits for the nervous system that can be encapsulated in a phrase – the offspring are more inquisitive, courageous and less likely to be severely influenced by stress (Meaney 2001).
Similar mechanisms are at work in religious conversions or political revolutions (Ciompi 1988; Sargant 1957). Critically increasing emotional tensions often also play a crucial role in the outbreak of schizophrenic psychosis, as confirmed by numerous empirical studies on the impact of so-called “expressed emotions” (see Ciompi 1997c; Kavanagh 1992; Leff & Vaugh 1985). , sudden outbursts of disproportioned rage and aggression after minimal provocation. If we assume that emotions correspond to goal-directed biologic energies, and that emotional energies play an analogue role in psychosocial systems as conventional energy plays in physical or chemical systems, all these observations are consistent with a dynamical systems approach, and in particular with the observation that in all kind of open dynamic systems, the input of energy operates as a critical control parameter capable of provoking, at a critical level, a sudden nonlinear bifurcation from one overall mode of functioning to another (Haken 1990; Prigogine & Stengers 1983; Schuster 1989).
This implies that how we conceive of the outside world is determined, not only by the terminal stages of the process but by the entire course of adaptive events. 18 (897-964) Gudmund J. W. Smith and Ingegerd Carlsson by the stability of the end-stage. , with a sense of safety – one important prerequisite for creative functioning (cf. also Sandler 1960; Edelman 1989; Migone & Liotti 1999). Trying to be onesidedly objective is to be prisoner of an idée fixe. If you want to break loose you must first of all reestablish contact with your subjective self, with the source of those processes through which your experiential existence is shaped.
Consciousness & emotion : agency, conscious choice, and selective perception by Ralph D. Ellis, Natika Newton