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Is there any professional criticism available on affect theory? I've applied affect theory on myself and did not achieve optimal mental health. I actually felt more neurotic through the process of maximizing my positive affect and minimizing my negative affect.--Philosophistry 14:35, 2 August 2005 (UTC)
On the basis of what you say here, and it is,of course, a brief remark, I would respond in the following way.
I focus on your "minimizing my negative affect". My question would be how did you go about doing this?
The theory says we "minimize negative affect" by expressing all affect.
1) We want to maximize interest and joy. 2) We want to minimize: anger, fear, distress, disgust, dismell and shame. 3) We achieve #'1 and 2 by expressing all affect. 4) We need a set of rules or "scripts" that we learn in order to optimally achieve #'s 1 and 2.
Minimizing negative affect does not mean NOT expressing it it means expressing it.
Maybe this is the way you read it but it "sounds" like you tried the tactic of repressing the negative?
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On "Adoption": the assertion that Tomkins' List of affects is incomplete
Affect theory as described by Tomkins leaves space for 'humor' as an emotion or script resulting from the affect 'enjoyment-joy' and explicitly discusses laughter as a more sudden and intense point of 'enjoyment-joy'.
Enjoyment-joy is characterized by a decrease of intensity. So 'humor' as noted by Rburtonresearch, the "response to a conflict between negative and positive affects," is a sharp reduction in this tension/conflict, which is experienced as affective intensity. Thus humor is an emotion linked to the affect enjoyment-joy.
Should I simply excise the section on humor or expand it with this definition?
My source: Shame in the Cybernetic Fold: Reading Silvan Tomkins Author(s): Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Adam Frank Source: Critical Inquiry, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Winter, 1995), pp. 496-522 Published by: The University of Chicago Press