Affect

Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

From clinical material of patient-analyst pairs caught up in negativistic transference-countertransference enmeshment, the defensive functions of negativism are explored for both patient and analyst. Fascination with and dread of the negative intersect as patients struggle to avoid terrifying aspects of self and other. The analyst works to avoid being trapped in negativism within the dyad. Containing, metabolizing, and transforming the dyad's mutual destructiveness and mutual love enable analyst and patient to feel safer with both.

Author(s): 
Coen, Stanley J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Passion is defined as a strong inclination toward an activity that people like, that they find important, and in which they invest time and energy. Two types of passion are proposed: obsessive and harmonious. Obsessive passion (OP) refers to a controlled internalization of an activity in one's identity that creates an internal pressure to engage in the activity that the person likes. Harmonious passion (HP) refers to an autonomous internalization that leads individuals to choose to engage in the activity that they like.

Author(s): 
Vallerand, Robert J.
Blanchard, Celine
Mageau, GeneviËve A.
Koestner, Richard
Ratelle, Catherine
Leonard, Maude
Gagne, Marylene
Marsolais, Josee
Publication Title: 
Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin

This study examined the association between organization of knowledge about a romantic partner (partner structure) and relationship status (ongoing or ended) 1 year later. Ironically, partner structures that were associated with more positive feelings about one's partner at Time 1 were associated with greater rates of breakup by Time 2. These results are interpreted in terms of the vulnerability of compartmentalized partner structures to shifts in the salience of negative beliefs and the hypothesized difficulty of maintaining integrative structures for an extended period of time.

Author(s): 
Showers, Carolin J.
Zeigler-Hill, Virgil
Publication Title: 
British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)

This article uses the five distinct perspectives on caring proposed by Morse et al (1990) to illustrate the relationship between love, intimacy and caring. Two distinct types of love, namely Agape (altruism/charity) and filia (brother love) are utilized in nursing. Only some caring relationships with patients reach an intimate level, and this is determined by patient characteristics to which the nurse responds. It is concluded that caring as a moral imperative is the most relevant to discussions on caring in nursing and the perspective on which the other four viewpoints hinge.

Author(s): 
Dowling, Maura
Publication Title: 
Psychological Reports

This study analyzed affectionate communication and satisfaction in marital and dating relationships. 100 married and dating partners completed the Relationship Satisfaction Scale, the Interpersonal Communication Satisfaction Inventory, and the Affectionate Communication Index. Analysis indicated both married and dating partners were satisfied with their relationships; however, individuals in dating relationships reported higher Nonverbal and Verbal Affectionate Communication than individuals in married relationships.

Author(s): 
Punyanunt-Carter, Narissra Maria
Publication Title: 
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

The brain systems that motivate humans to form emotional bonds with others probably first evolved to mobilize the high-quality maternal care necessary for reproductive success in placental mammals. In these species, the helplessness of infants at birth and their dependence upon nutrition secreted from their mothers' bodies (milk) and parental body heat to stay warm required the evolution of a new motivational system in the brain to stimulate avid and sustained mothering behavior.

Author(s): 
Pedersen, Cort A.
Publication Title: 
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Unlike the separation-based, stereotyped views of boys' developmental movement into adulthood, this paper will argue that there are more modern and relational models, as well as multiple pathways, for young males to journey through such rites of passage.

Author(s): 
Pollack, William S.
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Psychoanalysis

This paper outlines the ways in which an individual's notions of sexuality are challenged by immigration. It describes four basic facets of sexuality and the ways in which each are rooted in culture. These include (1) the relative importance of sexuality in daily life; (2) potential or overt homosexuality; (3) marriage-whether based on arrangement or love; and (4) cross-cultural romantic and marital relationships. Immigration can stir up conflicts in each of these realms and lead to defensive retreat into familiar customs or a counter-phasic plunge into new cultural avenues.

Author(s): 
Huang, Frederick Y.
Akhtar, Salman
Publication Title: 
Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin

This study examined how perceived position and velocity regarding approach and avoidance in romantic relationships relate to affective experiences. The authors hypothesized that perceived progress toward intimacy would predict positive affect and that perceived movement toward conflict would predict anxious affect. Ninety-two romantic couples recorded perceived levels of, and perceived changes in, both intimacy and conflict twice daily throughout 10 consecutive days using electronic palm-top devices.

Author(s): 
Laurenceau, Jean-Philippe
Troy, Adam B.
Carver, Charles S.
Publication Title: 
Psychological Reports

This article presents a model of why individuals experience the feeling of passionate love in intimate relationships. Previous models have been limited because they do not describe the purpose and function of passionate love, do not incorporate basic emotion and personality theory, or are not applicable to help couples in distress. The present model reinterprets and integrates previous findings. New predictions are made about the functioning of passionate love in relationships by hypothesizing a self-regulating, intimacy-seeking system that produces passionate love as its outcome.

Author(s): 
Troy, Adam B.

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