AFFECT THEORY
 BRIAN LYNCH, M.D. AFFECT AND SCRIPT THEORY - SILVAN S. TOMKINS - RESOURCES

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  • This page is offered as a resource page for the life and work of Silvan S. Tomkins.

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    Silvan Tomkins is often said to be the " American Einstein " yet his work is little known.

    His major work is entitled AFFECT IMAGERY CONSCIOUSNESS, a four volume set that was written over nearly forty years, the last volume near his death. Tomkins died in 1991.  

    Many of us who have come to know and love his work and ideas see in that work organizing principles for what it means to be human and thus what it means to be healthy and clues as to how to get there.  

    His work is not so much about how we go wrong but about simply how we are as a functioning organism with a mind and a body.

    It is the belief of those that work with these ideas that his influence will and has to grow. We see in his ideas a way to make sense and to rectify much of the confusion that goes on in the world today.

    This being the case there are already many people applying his principles throughout the world especially in Australia and New Zealand besides the U.S. Much success has already occurred in the work place, schools, and in psychotherapy settings.

    A showcase for the work is that of the community work of Lauren Abramsom, Ph.D who states that her Community Conferencing Center 

      "... offers the community conferencing process for use in education, criminal justice, workplaces and communities. The process allows for the transformation of conflict into cooperation by bringing participants together to discuss:  1) what happened, 2) how has each person been affected, and 3) what the group would like to do to repair the harm.  The power of the process is rooted in affect theory--providing everyone with an opportunity to express affect and to understand the affect of others.  Only then do participants decide about how to repair harm and relationships.(if not already visable text continues up and to the right)



    ORDER BOOK KNOWING YOUR EMOTIONS.
    ARTICLES
    DONALD L. NATHANSON
    Nathanson's Affect Pattern Chart
    The Case Against Depression
    Stress and Tension
    Scripts, Therapy and the Movies
    School Violence:The Name of the Game is Shame
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    VERNON C. KELLY, M.D.
    Intimate Notes
    Sometimes It's Wrong to be Right
    Melvyn A. Hill, Ph.D.
    The Negative Therapeutic Reaction
    BRIAN LYNCH, M.D.
    Management of obesity
    On Death And Dying
    Twelve Steps to Emotional Health Twelve Steps To Justice

    AFFECT THEORY AND MEDICAL ETHICS

    NEW - REPUGNANCE WON'T DO - EMOTION - STEM CELLS AND CLONING A COMMENT

    Restorative Justice Principles As Applied to Death and Dying
    Four Rules For Attending the Dying
    On Death And Dying: Reinterpretion Of Kubler Ross
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    The person most responsible for disseminating the work of Tomkins is Donald L. Nathanson, M.D.  It is through him that I came to know of Tomkins and then through reading his seminal book SHAME AND PRIDE: AFFECT, SEX AND THE BIRTH OF SELF  and KNOWING FEELING which he edited that I began to change many things in my practice and relationships.  Links to   The Silvan S. Tomkins Institute are found at the left along with other associated organizations that have been influenced by the work of Tomkins - Nathanson.

    Over the last five years I have tried my hand at making the ideas accessible as I can. My summaries and ideas can be found at brianlynchmd.com

    and my book KNOWING YOUR EMOTIONS.

    Most of this work, along with the videos you will find there, came from trying to articulate these ideas to patients in group therapy sessions.

    The video that should be playing on this page is part I of a 6 part 40 minute video that can be seen from my page.

    I hope the page is of some help to those interested in these fascinating ideas.

    Other writers and thinkers and organizations that I have found to be, in the main, consistent with the ideas of Silvan Tomkins:

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    COMMENTS ON DR. LYNCH'S WORK.

    Dr. Brian Lynch clarifies and explains how we human beings might better understand ourselves with more patient acceptance of our basic emotions. I have found Dr. Lynch�s approach helpful personally, and have shared his insights with others who also find his ideas helpful. Dr. Lynch is most proficient in the art of communication that conveys a compassionate understanding of how we might go about having more positive than negative affective (emotional) experiences an imbalance we all seek! His original and crisp methods of presentation also provide a delightful medium to learn about the many practical insights he shares with readers about what it means to be a more (rather than less) positively affective human being." Jim Duffy, Ph.D., Psychologist

    Brian Lynch represents a tradition as old as medicine itself - the physician who takes care to learn how to treat some of the most difficult patients in his community. He's working on a book that can make available to a wider audience much of what he teaches his patients, thus allowing a greater number of people to profit from what he has learned and developed. If Dr. Lynch has his way, more and more medical clinicians will be able to handle cases now thought untreatable, and that will be good for everybody.

    Dr. Nathanson, M.D., Psychiatrist. Author: (1992), Shame and Pride: Affect, Sex, and the Birth of the Self, New York: W. W. Norton & Co.Shame and Pride: Affect,

    "But all in all your steps to emotional health strike me as very helpful. We surely should make every effort to know ourselves, as emotional and thinking beings you make a wonderful effort at getting people to try."

    Eva Brann Tutor Emeritus St. John's College, Annapolis, Md. National Medal of Arts recipient 2005.

    Thanks for sharing your book with me Brian. I have enjoyed reading it immensely. It's a book to be read thoroughly and several times. It has made me think of so many things about my own life.

    Gabriela Ortiz-Monasterio, Mother & puppeteer

    Dr Lynch has the gift of clear, uncomplicated communication. He presents the hugely important work of Silvan Tomkins in a way that anyone can comprehend. He provides an access key to understanding the complexity of our emotions, so crucial to those in need of change and personal development. Compulsive reading.

    Brian J. Nuttall MSc. PG. Dip. Psychotherapy British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy Accredited Counsellor United Kingdom Registered Counsellor

    Dr. Lynch has a unique grasp of the pith of Tomkins work. He weaves his interactions with clients into Tomkins ideas in a way that makes the work very accessible and meaningful.

    Lauren Abramson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

    Dear Brian,

    ......... many thanks for your book. Almost every page is a joy to read! Presently I am at Ch. 17. It is beautiful, playful at times, insightful all over.

    It must have been a joy to write, too, emotionally and intellectually! The humor, the graphics, differential letter types, paradoxes, blurred letters, shadows of shadows!!! The many sides of human feelings and occasionally wrong-headed rationality!

    Above all, your book convinced me totally of the primacy of feeling that I "discovered" quite a while ago by thinking about values. I will be in a much better position to further discuss this subject.

    What is more, my life, which has been reasonably well most of the time, probably will change for the better ......................... I think I now understand myself and others much better. I hope to become a better teacher also, ................................................. I will read and "study" the 12 steps a second time, because they cover quite a distance that one cannot be taken in just one stride................

    Reimon Bachika, Professor of sociology, Bukkyo University; President, ISA (International Sociological Association) RC 07 Futures Research, Kyoto, Japan,



    Dear Brian,

    We met in December at the humiliation studies Conference at Columbia......... I find it quite wonderful, clearly unique in the twelve-step movement, and a real treasure- waiting-to-be-found within that movement. How helpful, and horizon- expanding for the world-view among twelve-steppers! I wish for it much success, which means that many people would enrich their lives through the path you chart, and have felt like a bit of a dud at thinking of ways to help this to happen! I think perhaps promotion/ marketing is not one of my strengths, and I think that connecting with someone who is strong in this area would help your book become as well-read as I think it should be! .............................

    Mike Britton