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

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Gerhard Fink

Dept of International Business and Trade

Maurice Yolles

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K)

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Fink, Gerhard and Yolles, Maurice, Affect and Cognition, Part 1: ‘Cross-Fire’ Interaction Model (2018). Fink, G., Yolles, M. (2018) Affect and cognition, part 1: “cross-fire” interaction model, Kybernetes, 47(1)80-96. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3298670 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3298670

Gerhard Fink

Dept of International Business and Trade ( email )

Welthandelsplatz 1, Building D1
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Austria
+43/1/313364331 (Phone)

Maurice Yolles (Contact Author)

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K) ( email )

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool
United Kingdom

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