I could not find any beginning in this book to lead me to understanding Tomkins’ work. The first chapter, "About Emotion," states that Tomkins disengaged emotion and cognition (I assumed only conceptually; emotion is in mutual embrace with cognition). The chapter author stumbles on some neurophysiology (a statement that the objects in the visual field miniaturized on the retina are transported as images to various areas of the brain, not a common metaphor). Also, perhaps to make Tomkins’ argument easier for the reader, the author discusses human motivation as guided by affect through the tangle of information bombarding the organism—a view held more or less by most mental health professionals I know. My difficulty is not with Tomkins; rather, my problem is with this book, which I hoped would explain Tomkins to me.