An analogous issue is the relationship of emotion, feeling, and affect to cognition. Despite recent stirrings and a long history within psychology no satisfactory integration yet exists of these phenomena into cognitive science.
The present chapter is the fulcrum of the book. In it we draw together the ideas from the first four chapters and carry over the central points to develop an outline for a cognitive model of "normal" emotional experience—of emotional order. We then illustrate how this framework has the potential to embrace the variety of "abnormal" emotional experiences—emotional disorder. We expand on this analysis of emotional order and disorder in the chapters that follow, in which we focus on the basic emotions of fear, sadness, anger, disgust, and happiness.
The present chapter is divided into several sections. First, we endeavour to draw together the main theoretical threads from Chapters 2, 3, and 4 with the aim of providing a summary of the philosophical and psychological constraints, culled from an analysis of normal emotions and emotional disorders, within which any theory of emotion must exist. Such a resume provides a working sketch for a theory of mind; however, this requires some expansion. Consequently, in the second section we develop this theory of mind to provide a framework for the discussion of emotions that follows. Finally, we present a model of emotional order and disorder based on this theory of mind.
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