Feelings: The Perception of Self (Series in Affective Science) by James D. Laird
Oxford University Press; 1 edition | January 11, 2007 | English | ISBN: 0195098897 | 271 pages | PDF | 3 MB
Feelings argues for the counter-intuitive idea that feelings do not cause behavior, but rather follow from behavior, and are, in fact, the way that we know about our own bodily states and behaviors. This point of view, often associated with William James, is called self-perception theory. Self-perception theory can be empirically tested by manipulating bodily states and behaviors in order to see if the corresponding feelings are produced.