The Language of Emotion

The Language of Emotion

1st Edition - January 1, 1969

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  • Author: Joel R. Davitz
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483261713

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The Language of Emotion focuses on the inquiry on the language of emotion, as well as the systematic description of the language used to describe emotional states. The manuscript first offers information on the structure of emotional meaning, including cluster analysis of items, patterning of clusters in emotional states, and interrelationships among clusters. The text then takes a look at comments on the structure of emotional meaning. The publication examines studies on the language of emotion. Discussions focus on a comparison of emotional experiences reported by adolescents in Uganda and the United States; similarity of reported emotional experiences and genetic background; individual differences in reported emotional experiences and perceptual-cognitive style; and development of the language of emotion. The book is a vital reference for philosophers, psychiatrists, social workers, and educators interested in emotional phenomena.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    1. The Problem and the Method of Investigation

    First Steps in the Investigation

    Procedure Subjects

    The Terms

    Data Collection

    Analysis of Results

    Presentation of Results

    2. A Dictionary of Emotional Meaning

    3. Comments on the Dictionary, The Model, and the Method

    Overlap and Specificity of Definitions

    The Model and the Method

    The Model

    The Method

    A Revised Check List

    Other Methods

    4. The Structure of Emotional Meaning

    Cluster Analysis of Items

    The Clusters

    Summary of Cluster Analysis

    Interrelationships among Clusters

    Patterning of Clusters in Emotional States

    5. Comments on the Structure of Emotional Meaning

    Dimensions of Emotion



    Hedonic Tone



    Notes toward a Theory of Emotion


    A Final Comment

    6. Studies of the Language of Emotion

    Development of the Language of Emotion


    Individual Differences in Reported Emotional Experiences and Perceptual-Cognitive Style




    Similarity of Reported Emotional Experiences and Genetic Background




    A Comparison of Emotional Experiences Reported by Adolescents in Uganda and the United States

    Method and Procedures



    Questions for Further Investigation


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1969
  • Published: January 1, 1969
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483261713

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