Steve ShmurakMember Since 30 Apr 2006
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- Birthday December 4, 1942
Affect Theory, Applying Objectivism to day to living, Laughing and Loving
I am a clinical psychologist, retiring in Dec, 2006.
My introduction to Objectivism occurred when I read The Fountainhead for the first time in 1962.
I took all the courses at Nathaniel Branden Institute between 1965 and 1968.
After the break in 1968, I stopped my formal studies of Objectivism, but continued to integrate it into my life. That was mostly a positive experience, but also had its negative effects due to the poor understanding of emotion and how to handle it rampant in Objectivist circles at the time. I believe that problem is somewhat less severe today then it was in the 1960ís, but still very much present.
I have devoted much of my career to understanding emotion and finding productive ways to work with it. I am the author of an article to appear in JARS, fall 2006, about a comprehensive theory of emotion that is grounded in observables in infants.
The theory I am working on explicating was developed by the American psychologist Silvan S. Tomkins (1911-1991).
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