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Regulating Emotions: Culture, Social Necessity, and Biological Inheritance

Marie Vandekerckhove (Editor), Christian von Scheve (Editor), Sven Ismer (Editor), Susanne Jung (Editor), Stefanie Kronast (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-0179-3
368 pages
March 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Regulating Emotions: Culture, Social Necessity, and Biological Inheritance brings together distinguished scholars from disciplines as diverse as psychology, sociology, anthropology, neuroscience, and psychotherapy to examine the science of regulating emotions.

  • Contains 13 original articles written in an accessible style
  • Examines how social and cultural aspects of emotion regulation interact with regulatory processes on the biological and psychological level
  • Highlights the role of social and cultural requirements in the adaptive regulation of emotion
  • Will stimulate further theorizing and research across many disciplines and will be essential reading for students, researchers, and scholars in the field
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Notes on Contributors.

Foreword: Hans J. Markowitsch & Birgitt Röttger-Rössler.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction: Regulating Emotions: Culture, Social Necessity, and Biological Inheritance:.

Marie Vandekerckhove (University of Brussels), Christian von Scheve (University of Vienna), Sven Ismer (University of Hamburg), Stefanie Kronast (Independent Consultant), and Susanne Jung (Independent Consultant).

Part I: Emotion and Regulation: Between Culture and Biology:.

1. Psssst! Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are Actually the Same Person! A Tale of Regulation and Emotion: Arvid Kappas (Jacobs University Bremen).

2. Culture and Automatic Emotion Regulation: Iris B. Mauss (University of Denver), Silvia A. Bunge (University of California, Davis), and James J. Gross (Stanford University).

3. Emotion-Related Regulation: Biological and Cultural Bases: Claire Hofer and Nancy Eisenberg (both Arizona State University).

Part II: Culture and Social Interaction: Markers in the Development of Emotion Regulation:.

4. Development of Emotion Regulation in Cultural Context: Gislea Trommsdorff (Konstanz University) and Fred Rothbaum (Tufts University).

5. Adult Attachment Theory, Emotion Regulation, and Prosocial Behavior: Phillip R. Shaver (University of California, Davis), Mario Mikulincer (Bar-Ilan University), and David Chun (University of California, Davis).

6. Themes in the Development of Emotion Regulation in Childhood and Adolescence and a Transactional Model: Maria von Salisch (University of Lüneburg).

Part III: What Is and What Ought To Be: Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation:.

7. Emotion Regulation and the Early Development of Psychopathology: Pamela M. Cole (Pennsylvania State University), Tracy A. Dennis (Hunter College, City University of New York), Sarah E. Martin (E.P. Bradley Hospital, Brown Medical School), and Sarah E. Hall (Pennsylvania State University).

8. Emotion Information Processing and Affect Regulation: Specificity Matters!: Pierre Philippot, Aurore Neumann, and Stéphanie Delroisse (all Catholic University of Louvain at Louvain-la-Neuve).

9. Socio-Emotional Processing Competences: Assessment and Clinical Application: Martin Peper (University of Bern, University of Freiburg) and Roland Vauth (University of Basel).

10. Emotional Experience, Expression and Regulation in the Psychotherapeutic Processes: Leslie Greenberg (York University) and Marie Vandekerckhove (University of Brussels).

Part IV: Setting the Stage: Culture and Society as Emotionally Regulated and Regulating Arenas:.

11. Passions as Cognitive and Moral Mistakes: The Case of Honor Killings in Europe: Unni Wikan (University of Oslo).

12. The Organizational Regulation of Anger: Poul Poder (University of Copenhagen).

13. Mood and Emotional Culture: A Study of Flow and Stress in Everyday Life: Charlotte Bloch (University of Copenhagen).

Index..

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Marie Vandekerckhove is Assistant Professor at the University of Brussels and a clinical psychologist at the University Hospital Ghent.

Christian von Scheve is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Vienna.

Sven Ismer is a Ph.D. candidate and Research Assistant at the Department of Movement Science, University of Hamburg.

Susanne Jung is an independent consultant and a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, University of Göttingen.

Stefanie Kronast is a professional consultant and trainer for social and emotional competences.


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  • Contains 13 original articles written in an accessible style
  • Examines how social and cultural aspects of emotion regulation interact with regulatory processes on the biological and psychological level
  • Highlights the role of social and cultural requirements in the adaptive regulation of emotion
  • Will stimulate further theorizing and research across many disciplines and will be essential reading for students, researchers, and scholars in the field
See More
“The collection also offers insights into how social and cultural mechanisms can be utilized to regulate even the most primary biological and psychological aspects of human emotion It is highly recommended reading for anyone who has an interest in emotion research.” (Metapsychology, April 2009)

"Interdisciplinarity is a concept often claimed in scientific research but rarely fulfilled. This excellent volume shows that an interdisciplinary approach enriches each discipline's understanding of how emotions and their expressions are controlled on a bio-psychological as well a socio-cultural level."
Sighard Neckel, University of Vienna

"Emotional regulation is ubiquitous, pervasive and elemental involving biological, psychological, cultural and behavioural processes. It is fundamental for individual and collective life. Regulating Emotions is an invaluable guide - comprehensive, profound and highly original."
Jack Barbalet, University of Leicester

"This is a state-of-the-art book on how social and cultural processes can be utilized to regulate the most basic biological and psychological aspects of human emotion. Its multidisciplinary perspective is unique and should be of great interest to anyone interested in how human emotions become regulated or disregulated."
Douglas Hollan, UCLA

"An exciting state-of-the-art book, interdisciplinary in its scope, informative and challenging in its contributions, and at the heart of conceptual construction fitting together the building blocks of emotion regulation and its significance for human well-being. Working my way through this intriguing reader gave me stimulating insights into how culture and social necessities may co-construct emotion regulation—and dysregulation."
Manfred Holodynski, University of Münster

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