A collection of the articles written by the author throughout his extensive career, this book achieves three goals. First, it reprints selected research and theory papers on stress and coping from the 1950s to the present produced by Lazarus under five rubrics: his dissertation; perennial epistemological issues including the revolt of the 1940s and 1950s; his transition from laboratory to field research; the clinical applications of stress and coping; and expanding stress to the emotions. Second, it provides a running commentary on the origination of the issues discussed, what was occurring in psychology when the work was done, and where the work led in the present. Third, it integrates various themes about which psychologists debate vociferously, often without recognizing the intellectual bases of these differences.
Contents: Preface. Prologue: General Introduction: Issues That Make a Lifetime of Research Come Together. Part I: Starting Out With a Bang: My Dissertation. Part II: Why Psychologists Argue: Perennial Epistemological Issues. The Revolt of the 1940s and 1950s: Individual Differences in Motivation and Defense Influence Perception. The Ancient Greeks Started It: Relations Among Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion. The Unconscious. Part III: The Transition From Laboratory to Field Research. Arousing Stress by Motion Picture Films. An Early Field Study. Stress and Coping Theory and Research. Part IV: The Clinical Applications of Stress and Coping. Focus on Denial. Focus on Daily Hassles. Focus on Psychotherapy. Focus on Job Stress. Focus on War and Peace. Part V: Expanding Stress and Coping to the Emotions. The Utility of the Emotions in the Study of Adaptation. Coping in Emotion. Epilogue.