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Consciousness and emotions as interpersonal and transpersonal systems

  • Charles Whitehead
Publiceringsår: 2008
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 249-263
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: The origin of consciousness in the social world
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: Imprint Academic


Abstract in Undetermined

Emotions and consciousness are intimately linked and often conceived from a purely intrapersonal perspective. This paper explores the implications of considering emotions as not only intrapersonal but also as interpersonal and transpersonal heterarchical (i.e., every component has potentially equal importance) systems. It is telling that in contemplative traditions and contemporary research on hypnotic experience, deep “inner” experience is pregnant with interpersonal and transpersonal meanings of interconnectedness. Similarly, the propensity to have porous conscious experiences is paralleled by the tendency to be affected by the emotion of others. Anecdotal and experimental evidence on anomalous events clearly suggests that strong emotions can have non-local effects. That consciousness and emotions are embedded within interpersonal and transpersonal fields has important epistemological and ethical implications.


  • Psychology
  • consciousness
  • emotion
  • altered states of consciousness
  • parapsychology


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