Prototypical Affective Microsequences in Psychotherapeutic Interaction
This chapter presents a new approach to the microanalytic study of cognitive-affective regulatory processes in psychotherapeutic interaction. In this approach, the examination of the expressive component of emotions communicated through facial expressions is of central importance. The question as to whether comparable prototypical affective microsequences also occur in therapies and what role they play in affective regulation is specifically examined. So far, the observations made suggest that the enacted object relation structures do not all show the same temporal characteristics but that certain processes need longer time periods. Considering the present state of research, it seems useful to interpret Facial Action Coding System (FACS) data not only with the emotion prediction tables but also taking the situative context, especially the interactive and the temporal aspects, into consideration.
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