Abstract

Empirical assessments and theoretical considerations raise questions about cognitive behavioral therapy’s fundamental theoretical tenet that psychological disturbances are mediated by consciously accessible cognitive structures. This paper considers this situation in light of emotion theory in philosophy. We argue that the “perceptual theory” of emotions, which underlines the parallels between emotions and sensory perceptions, suggests a conception of cognitive mediation that can accommodate the observed empirical anomalies and one that is consistent with the dual processing models dominant in cognitive psychology.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3303
Print ISSN
1071-6076
Pages
pp. 1-12
Launched on MUSE
2012-05-12
Open Access
No
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