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Exploring Affect: Selected Writings

Exploring Affect: The Selected Writings of Silvan S Tomkins (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction)

Exploring Affect

Don’t be fooled by the dour expression—this book is filled with lively, inspiring ideas about what it means to be human.

Edited by Virginia Demos, this book of selected writings by Silvan Tomkins is a great place to start if you are interested in engaging with Tomkins’ theories. The commentary by luminaries in the world of affect and emotion helps to contextualize and humanize the ideas and the man. The five parts of this book include extensive quotations from different segments of Tomkins’ work: Affect Theory, Affect and Ideology, The Face of Affect, Script Theory, and Human Being Theory. Each part contains an introduction and comments by persons familiar with that aspect of Tomkins. It also includes work not published elsewhere. An excellent introduction to Tomkins’ writings before tackling Affect Imagery Consciousness.