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Reading Group

We are launching a monthly Tomkins reading group for our members (if you have not already done so, you can renew your membership for 2021 here: www.tomkins.org/product/membership/).

Readings will include not only the work of Tomkins but of other researchers related to Affect Script theory. These will be relatively casual interactions, but participants are expected to have, at minimum, a mid-level knowledge of Tomkins’ basic ideas, particularly affect theory and the innate activator model. Sessions will be held the last Monday of each month at 7:30 pm and will last 90 minutes.

Please see the schedule of readings below. Many are available for download, while the books included will have to be purchased or borrowed by participants (see the complete list of these below).

Should members be interested in participating, please signal your interest by completing our registration form here:

Required Texts:

Tomkins, S. (1995). Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP.

Tomkins, S. (2008). Affect, Imagery, Consciousness. Vol. 1. New York: Springer.

Fetta, S. (2018). Shaming into Brown: Somatic Transactions of Race in Latina/o Literature. Ohio State University Press. (Institute member)

Kelly, V. and M. Lamia (2018). The Upside of Shame. New York: Norton and Company. (Institute members)

McShane, E. (2020). Conquering trauma and anxiety to find happiness. New York: Peter Lang. (Institute member)

Lucas, D. (2018). Affect Theory, Genre, and the Example of Tragedy: Dreams We Learn. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. (Institute member)

Feb. 22, 2021 – Ideology

Alexander, I. (1995) “Ideology as part of the Tomkins legacy”, in Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 101-105)

Tomkins, S. (1995) “Ideology and affect”, Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 109-167)

Rose, P. (2020) “The Trumpian Moment” (pp. 1-6)*http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/The-Trumpian-Moment.pdf

Mar. 29, 2021 – Ideo-affective postures

Tomkins, S. (1995) “The socialization of affect and the resultant ideo-affective postures which evoke resonance to the ideological polarity”, Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 168-195)

Tomkins, S. (1995) “Commentary: The ideology of research strategies”, Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 196-203)

Nilsson, A and J. Jost (2020) “Rediscovering Tomkins’ polarity theory: Humanism, normativism, and the psychological basis of left-right ideological conflict in the U.S. and Sweden”, PLoS ONE 15(7): e0236627. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0236627 (pp. 1-32)* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/RediscoveringTomkins’polaritytheory.pdf

Apr. 26, 2021 – The Polarized Mind

Van Hiel, A., De keersmaecker, J., Onraet, E., Haesevoets, T., Roets, A., & Fontaine, J. R. J. (2019). The relationship between emotional abilities and right-wing and prejudiced attitudes. Emotion, 19(5), 917–922. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000497.*http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2019_-_TheRelationshipBetweenEmotionalAbilitiesandRightWiretrieved-2021-01-22.pdf

Schneider, K. (2019). “The Chief Peril Is Not a DSM Diagnosis but the Polarized Mind”, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Vol. 59.1 99–106.* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/The-Chief-Peril-Is-Not-a-DSM-Diagnosis-but-the-Polarized-Mind.pdf

Mosher, D. and Tomkins, S. (February 1988). “Scripting the Macho Man: Hypermasculine Socialization and Enculturation.” The Journal of Sex Research. 25.1. 60-84.* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1988_-_Donald_L_Mosher_-_ScriptingthemachomanHypermasculinesocializationandretrieved-2021-01-22.pdf

Carlson, R. (1987). “Studies in Script Theory: 3. Ideology and Political Imagination.” Political Psychology, Vol. 8.4. pp. 563-574.* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Carlson.script3.pdf

May 31, 2021 – Personality and Script Theory

Carlson, R. (1995). “Silvan Tomkins’s legacy: A grand theory of personality”, in Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 295-302)

Tomkins, S. (1995) “The rise, fall, and resurrection of the study of personality”, Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 303-311)

Tomkins, S. (1995) “Script theory”, Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 312-388)

June 28, 2021  – Script Theory (continued)

Tomkins, S. (1995) “Revisions in Script theory – 1990”, Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 389-396)

Tomkins, S. (1995) “The varieties of shame and its magnification”, Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 397-410)

Carlson, R. (1981). “Studies in Script Theory: 1. Adult Analogs of a Childhood Nuclear Scene.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 40.3. pp. 501-510.* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Carlson.script1.1981.pdf

Carlson, R. (1982). “Studies in Script Theory: 2. Altruistic Nuclear Scripts”. Perceptual and Motor Skills, Vol. 55, pp. 595-610.* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Carlson.script2.altruistic.nuclear.pdf

July 26, 2021 –  Scripts and Other Perspectives  

Tomkins, S. (1977). — “Script Theory and the Quality of Life”; this is basically an unpublished transcript of a lecture for Psychology Today. http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Script-theory-and-the-quality-of-life.pdf

Mosher, D. (1996). “Script Theory and Human Sexual Response: A Glossary of Postulates, Corollaries, and Definitions”, in D. Nathanson (ed), Knowing feeling : affect, script, and psychotherapy. New York: Norton. (pp 105-131)* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Mosher.glossary.C.pdf

Nathanson, D. (1986). “The Empathic Wall and the Ecology of Affect”, The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Vol. 1.1, (pp 171-187)* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Nathanson-The-Empathic-Wall-and-the-Ecology-of-Affect-1986.pdf

McManus, M. et al (2018). “The predictive power of low-arousal positive affect “, Motivation and Emotion, Vol. 43, (pp 130-144)* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2018_Maria-McManus_article-pdf.pdf

August 30, 2021  – Human Being Theory       

Demos, V. (1995). “The larger context: Silvan Tomkins’s Human being theory”, in Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 415-424)

Tomkins, S. (1995). “The Cognitive System”, Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 425-440)

Tomkins, S. (1995). “Simulation of personality: The interrelationships between affect, memory, thinking, perception, and action”, Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 441-467)

Tomkins, S. (1995). “Personality theory and social science”, Exploring Affect. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP. (pp 468-480)

September 27, 2021 – Shame     

Sedgewick, E. and A. Frank (2003). “Shame in the Cybernetic Fold: Reading Silvan Tomkins”, Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, (pp 93-122)* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Shame-in-the-Cybernetic-Fold.pdf

Fetta, S. (2018). “Preface, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2”, Shaming into Brown: Somatic Transactions of Race in Latina/o Literature. Ohio State University Press, (pp xiii – 65)

October 25, 2021  – The Upside of Shame     

Kelly, V. and M. Lamia (2018). “Chapter 1: The Positive Evolutionary Significance of Shame; Chapter 2: Script Formation and the Development of Shame Emotions; and Chapter 3: Defensive and Coping Responses to Shame”. The Upside of Shame. New York: Norton and Company.

November 29, 2021  –  The Upside of Shame (continued)   

Kelly, V. and M. Lamia (2018). “Chapter 4: Anxiety Disorders; Chapter 5: Depression; Chapter 6: Narcisstic Personality Disorder; Chapter 7: Borderline Personality Disorder; Chapter 8: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; and Chapter 9: Couples Therapy”. The Upside of Shame. New York: Norton and Company.

December – no session 

January 31, 2022 – Trauma and Anxiety            

McShane, E. (2020). “Part 1 and Part 2” Conquering trauma and anxiety to find happiness. New York: Peter Lang.

February 28, 2022 – Trauma and Anxiety (continued)        

McShane, E. (2020). “Part 3, Part 4, and Epilogue”, Conquering trauma and anxiety to find happiness. New York: Peter Lang.

March 28, 2022 – Philosophy and the Arts

Tomkins, S. (2008). “Chapter 4: Freedom of the Will and the Structure of the Affect System”, Affect, Imagery, Consciousness. Vol. 1. New York: Springer, (pp 61-82)

Shapiro, B. (1999). “Chapter 2 – Acting and Emotion”. Reinventing Drama: Acting, Iconicity, Performance. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Publishing, (pp 71-92)* http://www.tomkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Shapiro-Acting-and-Emotion.pdf

April 25, 2022 – Tomkins and Tragedy

Lucas, D. (2018). “Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Tomkins and Literature: A Hermeneutical Model; and Chapter 3: Tragedy and the Trope of Disgust”. Affect Theory, Genre, and the Example of Tragedy: Dreams We Learn. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 1-148.

May 30, 2022 – Tomkins and Tragedy (continued)   

Lucas, D. (2018). “Chapter 4: Case Study One: Sophocles’ Oedipus, Chapter 5: Case Study Two: Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Chapter 6: Case Study Three: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and Chapter 7: Conclusions: Dreams We Learn”. Affect Theory, Genre, and the Example of Tragedy: Dreams We Learn. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 149-288.