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Re: [xmca] Generalization Is Not Abstraction Again
Martin, on the interesting chart you modified from de Rivera (1977)
with the 12 pairs of subject/object interpersonal movement of
emotions. It seems to deal with emotions in a decontextualized way -
we don't see the situations that create these responses. Am I correct
in that observation? The pairings it depicts are thought-provoking,
but I don't understand some or most of them. The whole subject-
object structure confuses me. The premise of the chart that emotions
are a way of being engaged in the world, and that emotions are
rational, or have rationality, makes sense - I am ok with that - but I
don't see how this chart is connected to the world - it seems to
detach emotions from their context. I just see an interesting list of
oppositions and groupings of emotions without explanation. So I seem
to be missing something. Could you explain this chart a little?
On the topic in this thread, I agree with David K that abstraction and
generalization are two different processes. I am not convinced yet
that Vygotsky was always clear on that distinction - he seems to
conflate the two in Ch 5 in some places, for example, but seems to
have found great relief when he solved new aspects of this question in
Ch 6, criticizing the block experiments and their thinking at the time
for some important limitations in this regard. At the same time,
David points out the great pressures bearing down on psychologists and
pedologists in the early 1930's, greatly distorting that
conversation. Lots of puzzles to work out in that Ch 5 to Ch 6
transition on concept formation theory.
On Jul 5, 2010, at 3:30 PM, Martin Packer wrote:
On Jul 5, 2010, at 4:58 PM, Martin Packer wrote:
<Interpersonal movements of
an emotion is an interpersonal movement.
systematic structure to the emotions, captured in the diagrams with
dimensions of intimacy, status, and openness.
there is a rationality to emotion - emotion is a way of being
engaged and involved in the world.
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