Affect and Cognition, Part 1: ‘Cross-Fire’ Interaction Model
Fink, G., Yolles, M. (2018) Aﬀect and cognition, part 1: “cross-ﬁre” interaction model, Kybernetes, 47(1)80-96
18 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2018
Date Written: 2018
Purpose – The purpose of this study is to develop a generic cultural socio-cognitive trait theory of a “plural affect agency” (the emotional organisation). Interaction between the cognitive and the affective personality is modelled.
Design/methodology/approach – James Gross’ (1988) model of Emotion Regulation is integrated with Normative Personality Theory in the context of Mindset Agency Theory: The agency has a “cognitive system” and an emotion regulating “affective system” which interact (Fink and Yolles, 2015).
Findings – Processes of emotion regulation pass through three stages: “Identiﬁcation”, “Elaboration” and “Execution”. In a social environment, emotions are expressed through actions. The results of actions (feedback, goal achievement) are assessed through affective operative intelligence in the light of pursued goals.
Research limitations/implications – The theory will provide guidance for analysis of cultural differentiation within social systems (e.g. societies or organisations), with reference to identiﬁcation, elaboration and execution of “emotion knowledge”.
Practical implications – Understanding interdependencies between cognition and emotion regulation is a prerequisite of managerial intelligence and strategic cultural intelligence, in demand for interaction and integration processes across social systems.
Originality/Value – The model provides a framework which links emotion expression and emotion regulation with cognition analysis. In part 2 of this paper, based on this theory a typology can be developed which for given contexts allows ex ante expectations of typical patterns of behaviour to be identiﬁed.
Keywords: Agency Theory, Self-Regulation, Emotional Climate, Social Psychology Temperament, Mindset Agency Theory, Social System
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