By Susanne Antonetta
This superbly written exploration of "the strange skills of these who're otherwise wired" (Psychology this day) bought a Ken publication Award from the nationwide Alliance on psychological affliction for striking literary contribution to the realm of psychological health.
In this attention-grabbing literary memoir, Susanne Antonetta attracts on her own adventure as a manic-depressive, in addition to interviews with individuals with a number of character disease, autism, and different neurological stipulations, to shape an intimate meditation on psychological "disease." She lines the various capabilities-the visible cognizance of an autistic, for instance, or the metaphoric recognition of a manic-depressive-that underlie those and different psychological "disabilities."
A gorgeous portrait of ways the area shapes itself in minds which are profoundly varied from the norm, A brain aside urges readers to seem past the idea that of therapies to the presents inherent in lots of neuroatypical stipulations. making use of a wide-ranging method of her topic, Antonetta presents a unprecedented glimpse into the wildly various landscapes of human proposal, conception, and emotion.
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20 Some Questions About the Circumplex Conception Another feature of both the Russell and 1985 Watson–Tellegen models of affect that has caused considerable controversy is their assumption of a circumplex structure. 21 Let’s consider some of the questions that have been raised about the circumplex idea. Are Affects Continuous or Are They Separate from Each Other? I noted earlier that circumplex models essentially hold that the different affective concepts around the circle are not distinct, bounded categories, but rather are continuous and more or less flow into their adjoining neighbors.
Then too, if we keep in mind the Watson group’s new characterization of their postulated two independent dimensions as Positive Activation and Negative Activation (rather than as Positive and Neg- 20 The Nature and Origin of Feelings ative Affect), we can see that the two research groups are, in actuality, also not far apart on this matter. 17 Some research results obtained by Diener and his associates are relevant in this connection. On examining how undergraduate students rated their feelings at times when they experienced an emotion, the investigators found that a strong, definite mood of a particular valence (such as decidedly happy or decidedly sad) was rarely accompanied by intense affect of the opposite valence.
Although we sometimes are told that ‘‘familiarity breeds contempt,’’ we also know that we often develop a greater liking for things we encounter again and again. Familiarity can be pleasant. Think of the Eiffel Tower, the Art Nouveau structure that now symbolizes Paris and even all of France. The tower is now viewed quite fondly by most Parisians, but a storm of protest greeted the structure’s completion in 1889, and it was widely condemned as an ‘‘unforgivable profanation of the arts and a slap in the face for a nation which had previously upheld the banner of civilization.