With a wealth of data from carefully conducted research, Alex Zautra presents a convincing case for understanding our emotions in two dimensions: pursuit of the positive and defence against the negative. Our emotional life is a rich tapestry, woven from experiences with both positive and negative emotions. Few scholars have been able to address the research and theory on emotion and stress simultaneously without diminishing the importance of one or the other. The author providesa masterful integration of these two fields of inquiry, identifying a unique and important role for stressful life events in shaping awareness of our emotional experiences. Zautra offers new insights into how stress establishes a psychological and physiological context through which emotions caninfluence health and illness, demonstrates the wide applicability of this new perspective across domains of love and marriage, work, ageing and community, and provides unique perspectives on clinical problems through his review of his and others research on chronic pain, depression, child abuse and addiction.
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Oxford University Press, Incorporated
January 18, 2006
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