Victor S. Johnston,Why We Feel: The Science of Human Emotions
ISBN: 0738203165 | edition 2000 | PDF | 221 pages | 21 mb
How did feelings evolve? How do they develop within us? What is their function, their use to us? How does our nervous system implement them?
These four questions, posed in somewhat different form by the Nobel Prize-winning biologist Niko Tinbergen, propel psychologist Victor Johnston's well-crafted examination of human emotions. Drawing on recent advances in psychology, biology, and the cognitive sciences, he looks into such matters as the role of the emotions in psychological well-being ("the failure to develop an early emotional bond with a single caretaker leads to slow development, withdrawal, depression, and a variety of later developing social problems") and the adaptive advantages–or, at times, disadvantages–of such deep-seated inner feelings as envy and joy.