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Applying Affect Psychology to improve our understanding of our emotions  

In his book, Dr. Lynch “clarifies and explains how we human beings might better understand ourselves with more patient acceptance of our basic emotions. “ He presents the hugely important work of Dr. Silvan Tomkins in an easy to understand way so that we know “how we might go about having more positive than negative affective (emotional) experiences”.


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         Silvan S. Tomkins
  The Basis for Our Emotional Life

A resource page for the life and work of Silvan S. Tomkins.

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.
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 years I have tried my hand at making the ideas as accessible as I can. My summaries and ideas can be found at here brianlynchmd.com and in my books, KNOWING YOUR EMOTIONS, and Thinking, Feeling Doing.

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

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:

   PAUL HOLINGER HEALTHY BABIES                              HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMILIATION STUDIES
   JIM DUFFY, PHD                                                           PEACEMAKERS
   LLOYD DE MAUSE                                                        NO SPANK
   DAN WILE                                                                     DAVID SMAIL
   A REMARKABLE PASSAGE FROM THOMAS MANN
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