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Cates, L.B. (2011). Nonverbal Affective Phenomena Revisited. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 6(4):510-530.

(2011). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 6(4):510-530

Nonverbal Affective Phenomena Revisited

Lorraine B. Cates, Ph.D.

This article presents theoretical and clinical material to show how nonverbal core affective experience is a central constituent of the sense of being and, despite a failed caregiver surround, serves throughout life as a persisting, guiding source of continuity. In the course of the article, I explicate the crucial distinction, often obscured, between felt thinking and thinking about feeling. When these two phenomena are conflated, an emotionally informed sense of being-in-the-world and, with it, the experience of emotional vulnerability is covered over with cognitive reflections about it that distance the experience and explain away the meanings embedded within.

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