ERIC Number: ED239158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Cognition/Affect Linkage and the Unconscious in Cognitive Therapy.
Maes, Wayne R.
In recent research cognitive therapists have been paying increased attention to the linkage between thought, feeling, and the nature of the unconscious process. Although traditional cognitive theory maintains that cognition precedes affect, recent research on the relationship has shown that affect may precede cognition. It is only in those cases in which cognition is used in an information processing, linear, computer analog manner that cognition precedes affect. The concept of spherical cognition and intuition, in which perceptions are global rather than sequential, supports affect preceding cognition, in that discrimination occurs without recognition in the unconscious process. In unconscious self-deception, intuitive, spherical cognition works to keep undesired information out of an individual's awareness. Some specific implications of these findings about the cognition/affect linkage in the unconscious process hold for cognitive psychotherapy. Knowledge organization follows three structural aspects: (1) the metaphysical hard-core, i.e., self-knowledge present without words; (2) the protective belt, the personal identity which emerges and which is more near conscious awareness of onself; and (3) research plans or models that simulate and anticipate reality. Individual change can occur at both the metaphysical hard-core and the protective belt levels. (BL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Therapy; Unconscious Intention
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Snowbird, UT, April 26-30, 1983).