In formulating its mission, The Tomkins Institute: Applied Studies in Motivation, Emotion, and Cognition makes these assumptions:
1. HUMANS MAKE MEANING IN WAYS THAT NO OTHER CREATURE ON EARTH DOES.
2. EMOTIONS ARE THE MOTIVATING ELEMENT IN THE WAYS HUMAN BEINGS MAKE MEANING AND EVALUATE. THUS, EMOTIONS ARE NECESSARY IN CREATING A VALUE BASE FROM WHICH WE CARRY OUT OUR PURPOSES.
3. OUR CULTURE, AS WELL AS OTHERS, IS INADEQUATELY EDUCATED ABOUT EMOTIONS -- WHERE THEY COME FROM, THE PART THEY PLAY IN THE WAY WE FEEL-THINK-ACT, AS WELL AS IN UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES IN THE WAY POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE AFFECT BIAS HUMAN BEHAVIOR AS WELL AS OUR IDEOLOGIES.
4. HOW WE LIMIT EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION HAS A PROFOUND EFFECT ON THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN, AND ULTIMATELY THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE.
5. TO RESTORE ORGANIC COORDINATION IN THE HUMAN ORGANISM, AFFECT NEEDS FREEDOM, COGNITION NEEDS LIMITS.
Inspired by the work of Silvan S. Tomkins:
Our value and goal is: To provide resources for those who seek to understand the biological system of innate human affect displayed on the face from infancy through adulthood, and its role in the motivating of feeling-thinking-acting.
Our purpose is: to continuously learn and to ever better represent how these biological processes transform into cognitively programmed patterns of perception and action that shape us and the worlds in which we live.
Our action is: to further extend and expand upon Tomkins's constructs with applications that benefit human development from individuals, to communities, to cultures, to nations.