- Understand analogic amplification and how affect coordinates reactions with the stimuli that trigger them.
- Be able to discuss how differences in innate reactivity to stimuli might produce different personality types.
EA, “Modification in the Theory,” pp. 86-96.
AIC III-IV, “Affect as Analogic Amplification,” Chapter 24, SuperVolume II, pp. 619-629.
TT, David McShane, “Nature of Analog Amplification,” 29 January 1998.
Bulletin, v4, #3-4, 1994, Joseph M. Dubey, “Predatory Detachment and the Stimulus Gradient Threshold,” pp. 38-41.
Bulletin, v2, #2, 1995, Ronald R. Koegler, “Affect Theory and the Psychiatric Evaluation: Lowering the Empathic Wall,” pp. 17-19.
- How did Tomkins modify his theory? Why did he believe it was necessary?
- What is analogic amplification?
- What is the locus of affect?
- Why are we not more aware of affect if it’s so important?
- How does affect influence response? Is the influence a cause and effect? (For example, “I was angry, so I hit him.”)
- How does Dubey apply Tomkins’s theory to ADD/ADHD?
- For most people, distress and fear in another trigger compassion or the same affects.
- What emotions get triggered in a predator observing these affects?
- What is an “inverse empathic” response?
- What is the empathic wall?