Title

Meta-emotion of occupation

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Location

Studio 3

Start Time

20-10-2017 4:45 PM

End Time

20-10-2017 5:45 PM

Session Type

Theoretical Paper

Abstract

Key words: metacognition, meta-emotion, feeling about feeling while doing with meaning

Intent:

The purpose of this paper is to pose a series of question for participants to consider: (1) What is the concept of meta-emotion of occupation (adapted from metacognition) and (2) How may the concept be useful for contributing to the theoretical foundations of occupational science?

Argument:

In 2001 Royeen, Duncan, and McCormack, published a short definition meta-emotion of occupation. This was approximately at the same time a poster presentation on the concept (Royeen and Duncan, 2001) was presented. And, a short summary of it was presented for a major lecture (Royeen, 2003). Meta-emotion of occupation, as presented in these pieces will be summarized for this presentation. Doing with meaning is but one operational definition of occupation in the published literature (Royeen, 2002). Meta-emotion of occupation constitutes feeling about feeling while doing with meaning. Meta-emotion has been seen in the literature from 1996 through 2014 (Norman & Furnes, 2014), mostly pertaining to family systems.

Metacognition, from which meta-emotion is adapted, refers to thinking about thinking in a global sense, but not necessarily linked to thinking about thinking while doing at any level. In fact, due to the complex interplay of cognition and emotion, it is truly impossible to separate them. Thus, meta-emotion of occupation is not just feeling about feeling while doing with meaning, but may also intertwine with cognition. That is to say, meta-emotion of occupation is a holistic concept, related to the psychobiology of man as expressed by Meyer (1982). Emotion and reflection upon emotions are not just feelings based but also includes some degree of cognition. However, the concept of meta-emotion of occupation is distinctly different from metacognition for two reasons: metacognition excludes the emotional subsystems and does not relate thinking to occupational engagement.

Importance to occupational science:

The essential concept of meta-emotion of occupation is an innovative conceptualization to bring to occupational science. There is an emerging knowledge in occupational science, but the field has not adequately or sufficiently linked occupational science to the field of emotional systems of the human brain.

It is speculated that meta-emotion of occupation is one dimension or the process that underpins the restorative, pleasurable and productive qualities (or perceptions thereof) of occupational engagement. Further, it is speculated that almost any aspect of occupational engagement and its unique meaning for that instance, is directly related to the valence (positive or negative feelings) brought forth by reflection on participation in occupation.

Conclusion:

This theoretical presentation will explore the realm of participating in occupation and the feelings about feelings (meta-emotion) manifest during engagement in occupation.

Questions to facilitate discussion importance to mission of SSO: USA:

  1. Given understanding of meta-emotion of occupation as a concept, how and why is might it important for occupational science?
  2. How does meta-emotion of occupation sideline the dichotomy of cognition versus emotion for a more holistic approach to reflexivity?
  3. Can meta-emotion of occupation create a value-added function of participation in occupation for further advance understanding of our field?

References

References

Meyer, A. (1982). The philosophy of occupational therapy. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, Vol. 2(3), 79-86. doi.org/10.1300/J004V2n3_05

Norman, E., & Furnes, B. (2016). The concept of “metaemotion”: What is there to learn from research on metacognition? Emotion Review, Vol. 8, Issue 2. DOI:10.1177/175073914552913

Royeen, C.B. (2003). The 2003 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture – Chaotic Occupational Therapy: Collective Wisdom for a Complex Profession. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December, Vol. 57, No. 6, 609-624

Royeen, C.B. (2002). Occupation Reconsidered. Occupational Therapy International, Vol. 9, Issue 2, pages 111-120.

Royeen, C.B., and Duncan, M. (2001). Meta-emotion of occupation: A new twist for mental health. Poster presentation at the AOTA Annual conference, Philadelphia, April.

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Meta-emotion of occupation

Studio 3

Key words: metacognition, meta-emotion, feeling about feeling while doing with meaning

Intent:

The purpose of this paper is to pose a series of question for participants to consider: (1) What is the concept of meta-emotion of occupation (adapted from metacognition) and (2) How may the concept be useful for contributing to the theoretical foundations of occupational science?

Argument:

In 2001 Royeen, Duncan, and McCormack, published a short definition meta-emotion of occupation. This was approximately at the same time a poster presentation on the concept (Royeen and Duncan, 2001) was presented. And, a short summary of it was presented for a major lecture (Royeen, 2003). Meta-emotion of occupation, as presented in these pieces will be summarized for this presentation. Doing with meaning is but one operational definition of occupation in the published literature (Royeen, 2002). Meta-emotion of occupation constitutes feeling about feeling while doing with meaning. Meta-emotion has been seen in the literature from 1996 through 2014 (Norman & Furnes, 2014), mostly pertaining to family systems.

Metacognition, from which meta-emotion is adapted, refers to thinking about thinking in a global sense, but not necessarily linked to thinking about thinking while doing at any level. In fact, due to the complex interplay of cognition and emotion, it is truly impossible to separate them. Thus, meta-emotion of occupation is not just feeling about feeling while doing with meaning, but may also intertwine with cognition. That is to say, meta-emotion of occupation is a holistic concept, related to the psychobiology of man as expressed by Meyer (1982). Emotion and reflection upon emotions are not just feelings based but also includes some degree of cognition. However, the concept of meta-emotion of occupation is distinctly different from metacognition for two reasons: metacognition excludes the emotional subsystems and does not relate thinking to occupational engagement.

Importance to occupational science:

The essential concept of meta-emotion of occupation is an innovative conceptualization to bring to occupational science. There is an emerging knowledge in occupational science, but the field has not adequately or sufficiently linked occupational science to the field of emotional systems of the human brain.

It is speculated that meta-emotion of occupation is one dimension or the process that underpins the restorative, pleasurable and productive qualities (or perceptions thereof) of occupational engagement. Further, it is speculated that almost any aspect of occupational engagement and its unique meaning for that instance, is directly related to the valence (positive or negative feelings) brought forth by reflection on participation in occupation.

Conclusion:

This theoretical presentation will explore the realm of participating in occupation and the feelings about feelings (meta-emotion) manifest during engagement in occupation.

Questions to facilitate discussion importance to mission of SSO: USA:

  1. Given understanding of meta-emotion of occupation as a concept, how and why is might it important for occupational science?
  2. How does meta-emotion of occupation sideline the dichotomy of cognition versus emotion for a more holistic approach to reflexivity?
  3. Can meta-emotion of occupation create a value-added function of participation in occupation for further advance understanding of our field?