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The New Science of Emotion

My recent read, "How Emotions are Made" by Lisa Feldman Barrett, presented an intriguing challenge to my previously held belief in the classical theory of emotion. Instead, it introduced me to the concept of constructed emotion, which fits perfectly with theories like the AIP model and Polyvagal theory.

Together, these models suggest that emotions are not just a reflexive response to a stimulus, but rather emerge through a complex interplay of past experiences, perceptual processing, and environmental cues.

This means that in order to effectively address emotional issues, therapists must not only focus on the present but also on the client's past experiences and perceptual patterns (EMDR therapy).

It also got me thinking about how this theory can be applied to further help clients with dissociative disorders and FND. The book is worth a read.


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