James R. Averill

Professr of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Department of Psychology
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

(413) 545-0819 (Office)
(413) 545-2383 (Departmental Secretary)

Fax: (413) 545-0996

Research Interests

Personality theory, stress and emotion, creativity, aesthetics, history and systems of psychology

E-mail: averill@psych.umass.edu




Averill, J. R. (Ed.) (1976). Patterns of psychological thought: Readings in classical and contemporary texts. Washington, DC: Hemisphere Publishing Corporation.

Averill, J. R. (1982). Anger and aggression: An essay on emotion. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Averill, J. R., Catlin, G., & Chon, K. K. (1990). Rules of hope. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Averill, J. R., & Nunley, E. P. (1992). Voyages of the heart: Living an emotionally creative life. New York: The Free Press.

Selected Articles and Chapters (reprints of the following are available on request)

Averill, J. R. (1974). An analysis of psychophysiological symbolism and its influence on theories of emotion. Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 4, 147-190. Reprinted in R. Harré & W. G. Gerrod (Eds.) (1996). The emotions: Social, cultural and biological dimensions (pp. 204-228). London: Sage.

Averill, J. R. (1980). A constructivist view of emotion. In R. Plutchik and H. Kellerman (Eds.), Emotion: Theory, research and experience: Vol. I. Theories of emotion (pp. 305-339). New York: Academic Press. Reprinted in: Halberstadt, A. G., & Ellyson, S. L. (Eds.) (1990). Social psychology readings: A century of research (pp. 143-156). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Averill, J. R. (1984). The acquisition of emotions during adulthood. In C. Z. Malatesta & C. Izard (Eds.), Affective processes in adult development (pp. 23-43). Beverly Hills: Sage. Reprinted in: R. Harré (Ed.) (1986). The social construction of emotions. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Averill, J. R. (1985). The social construction of emotion: With special reference to love. In K. Gergen & K. Davis (Eds.), The social construction of the person (pp. 89-109). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Averill, J. R. (1987). The role of emotion and psychological defense in self-protective behavior. In N. Weinstein (Ed.), Taking care: Why people take precautions (pp. 54-78). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Averill, J. R., & Nunley, E. P. (1988). Grief as an emotion and as a disease. Journal of Social Issues, 44, 79-95. Reprinted in: M. S. Stroebe, W. Stroebe, & R. O. Hansson (Eds.) (1993), The handbook of bereavement (pp. 77-90). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Averill, J. R. (1989). Stress as fact and artifact: An inquiry into the social origins and functions of some stress reactions. In C. D. Spielberger, I. G. Sarason, & J. Strelau (Eds.), Stress and anxiety (Vol. 12, pp. 15-38). Washington, DC: Hemisphere.

Averill, J. R. (1990). Inner feelings, works of the flesh, the beast within, diseases of the mind, driving force, and putting on a show: Six metaphors of emotion and their theoretical extensions. In D. E. Leary (Ed.), Metaphors in the history of psychology (pp. 104-132). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Averill, J. R. (1991). Emotions as episodic dispositions, cognitive schemas, and transitory social roles: Steps toward an integrated theory of emotion. In D. Ozer, J. M. Healy, Jr., & A. J. Stewart (Eds.), Perspectives in personality (Vol. 3a, pp. 139-167). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Averill, J. R. (1991). Intellectual emotions. In C. D. Spielberger, I. G. Sarason, Z. Kulcsár, & G. L. Van Heck (Eds.), Stress and anxiety (Vol. 14, pp. 3-16). Washington, DC: Hemisphere. Reprinted in R. Harré & W. G. Gerrod (Eds.), The emotions: Social, cultural and biological dimensions (pp. 24-38). London: Sage.

Averill, J. R. (1992). William James's other theory of emotion. In M. E. Donnelly (Ed.), Reinterpreting the legacy of William James (221-229). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Morgan, C., & Averill, J. R. (1992). True feelings, the self, and authenticity: A psychosocial perspective. In D. D. Franks & V. Gecas (Eds.), Social perspectives on emotion (Vol. 1, pp. 95-124). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Averill, J. R. (1993). Illusions of anger. In R. B. Felson & J. T. Tedeschi (Eds.), Aggression and violence: Social interactionist perspectives (pp. 171-192). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Averill, J. R. (1997). The emotions: An integrative approach. In R. Hogan & J. A. Johnson (Eds.), Handbook of personality psychology (pp. 513-541). San Diego: Academic Press.

Averill, J. R., Stanat, P., & More, T. A. (1998). Aesthetics and the environment. Review of General Psychology, 2, 153-174.

Averill, J. R. (1999). Creativity in the domain of emotion. In T. Dalgleish; M. J. Power (eds.), Handbok of cogntion and emotion (pp. 765-782). Chichester, England: John Wiley & sons.

Averill, J. R. (1999). Spirituality: From the mundane to the meaningful--and back. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 18, 101-126.

Averill, J. R. (1999). Individual differences in emotional creativity: Structure and correlates. Journal of Personality, 67, 331-371.

Averill, J. R., & More, T. A. (2000). Happiness. In M. Lewis & J. M. Haviland (Eds.), Handbook of emotions (2nd ed.) (pp. 666-676). New York: Guilford Publications.

Averill, J. R. (2000). Intelligence, emotion and creativity: From trichotomy to triunity. In R. Bar-On & D. A. Parker (Eds.), Handbook of emotional intelligence (pp. 277-298). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Averill, J. R. (2001). The rhetoric of emotion, with a note on what makes great literature great. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 19, 5-26.

Averill, J. R., Chon, K. K., & Hahn, D. W. (2001). Emotions and creativity, East and West. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 4, 165-183.

Averill, J. R. (2002). Emotional creativity: Toward "spiritualizing the passions." In C. R. Snyder & S.J. Lopez (Eds.), Handbook of positive psychology (pp. 172-185). New York: Oxford University Press.

Long, C. R., & Averill, J. R. (2003). Solitude: An exploration of benefits of being alone. Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 33, 21-44.

Averill, J. R. (2004). A tale of two snarks: Emotional intelligence and emotional creativity compared. Psychological Inquiry, 15, 228-233.

Averill, J. R., Sundararajan, L. (2004). Hope as rhetoric: Cultural narratives of wishing and coping. In J. Eliott (Ed.), Interdisciplinary perspectives on hope (pp. 127-159). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Averill, J. R. (2005). Emotions as mediators and as products of creative activity. In J. Kaufman & J. Baer (Eds.), Creativity across domains: Faces of the muse. (pp. 225-243). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

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