Affect and Imagination in Play and Fantasy

  • Jerome L. Singer
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (CISJ)


Many of the data for the early and highly influential formulations in personality and psychodynamic psychology came from the study of neurotic and psychotic individuals. The analysis of the conflicts and defenses of these troubled people was almost always cast in terms of negative affects. One long-standing result of this strong precedent has been the neglect of theory and research on positive emotions. Although this volume focuses on conflict and defense, which specifically call for consideration of negative emotions, Singer’s chapter demonstrates convincingly that the positive emotions or the cognitive processes with which they are associated must be included in any comprehensive consideration of the adaptive resources of the individual.


Positive Affect Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation Overt Aggression Neural Firing Adaptive Resource 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome L. Singer
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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