Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality

Reversal Theory Studies

Developing Reversal Theory: Some Suggestions for Future Research

Author: Michael J. Apter
Organization: Apter Research, LLC
Citation: Apter, M.J. 2013. Developing Reversal Theory: Some Suggestions for Future Research. Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality. Vol. 1 (2013), pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.12689/jmep.2013.101

Abstract: Reversal theory has generated research in many different areas of psychology, but in much of this research, the theory has been a tool rather than the topic of the research. The central theme of this paper is the need for greater attention to fundamental research to test the theory itself. In particular, it is argued that there is need for research on the reversal process (and especially on the causes of reversal including frustration and satiation), on motivational states (including behavioral indeterminacy), personality dynamics (including reversibility), and psychodiversity (including microclimate). All these areas, and others, are crying out for research, as is the need to study all four pairs of states and not just the telic-paratelic pair. Reversal theory can also be seen as a representative of the paradigm of “structural phenomenology.” As an exemplar this paradigm, reversal theory has much to offer psychology beyond its status as a theory of motivation, emotion and personality.

Keywords: metamotivation, parapathic emotion, reversal theory, reversibility, structural phenomenology

DOI: 10.12689/jmep.2013.101

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