Cognitive-Experiential Theory: An Integrative Theory of by Seymour Epstein

By Seymour Epstein

The e-book provides a brand new conception of character, known as cognitive-experiential idea (CET). presently there are a number of character theories that appear irreconcilable with one another. CET is integrative of all different significant character theories. This integration is entire by means of increasing upon present simple assumptions, together with the idea that each one higher-order animals immediately build an implicit thought of truth that's beneficial for adapting to their environments and that's accordingly inherently reinforcing. The method that accomplishes this is often often called the experiential process, because it is an empirical approach that adapts through immediately studying from event. since it operates with no requiring awake expertise it may be considered as an adaptive subconscious procedure, even if, this ebook finds that the experiential approach isn't really exact with an subconscious adaptive method, and is improved to that build in different vital respects.

Humans, in fact, additionally uniquely function with a awake, reasoning procedure, pointed out in CET as a rational process. This ebook demonstrates how those structures function in parallel and impression one another in vital methods. for instance, the impact of the experiential at the rational procedure can account for why the human species, regardless of its amazing intelligence in fixing impersonal difficulties, that are in general within the area of the rational approach, frequently imagine and behave unintelligently and destructively in fixing interpersonal difficulties, that are basically within the area of the experiential method. but, neither process is mostly enhanced to the opposite, and the publication discusses how every one procedure is better in uniquely very important methods.

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A psychologist directed the program, with the aim of keeping the discussions focused and productive. At one point, a woman asked one of the rapists how he selected his victims. She particularly wanted to know if they were more sexually attractive than his partner. The rapist replied that his partner was more attractive than any of the women he raped. The motivation for his last rape, he said, was a feeling of rage at all women that suddenly swept over him. It was the victim’s misfortune that she happened to be the first one available.

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I marveled at the exchange because it was as if the psychologist and the women were speaking different languages. The primary source of their difference, it seemed to me, was that the women were intensely emotional whereas the psychologist was reasoning in a calm, deliberative manner. I began taking notes on the different ways in which the parties were communicating. ” Other salient features were that the responses in an emotional state were rapid, impulsive, and unequivocal rather than nuanced.

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