Disappointment. Frustration. Anger. Fear. Grief. These are just a few emotions that people may think of as negative emotions. I think of them as very informative emotions… if we’re willing to experience them and reflect on them.
I was a pretty typical, cocky high-school freshman some mumblety years ago: I was sure I had the system figured out, and thought I was ready for anything. Being interested in science, I signed up for Biology I. I had no idea what was about to happen to me…
Dr. James Gibson’s revolutionary ecological theory of perceiving and acting has been around for over 40 years. A key element in his theory is the concept of affordances. Yet even after all the time and years that psychologists have written about affordances, the concept still doesn’t seem well understood. Why?
This is the personal question my students have asked me most often over the years, which makes it as good a place as any to start.