EMOTIONS

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Concepts

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Mood

Feeling

Affect

Definitions

Categorizing Emotions

Empirical, after Paul Ekman

Universal Emotions

Concept

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Examples

Anger

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Fear

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Disgust

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Sadness

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Happiness

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Universal facial signals to emotion

"Partially Chartered" Emotions

"Half or less than half of emotion scientists believe there is convincing evidence that each of the following is an emotion."

Examples

Love

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Surprise

Jealousy

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Envy

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Hate

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Embarrassment

Shame

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Contempt

Guilt

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Positive // Negative

Positive Emotions

Happiness

Negative Emotions

Ambivalent Emotions

Anger

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Due to its nature, Anger should not be merely classified as "negative" emotion. It has too many constructive elements, especially when it occurs after a state of helplessness.

Processing Anger

Helpless Anger

Main Emotions

Happiness

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Helplessness

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Shame

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(Emotional) Pain

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Concepts

Signal of an Emotion

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The Message (of an Emotion)

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Debunking Common Myths about Emotions

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Human Nature

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Emotions are a common feature of the human biological system.

However, there are many situations (some of them mental health conditions) in which people are (partially or completely) unable to manifest (feel, express) emotions.

By cause

genetic

The necessary structures to manifest (feel, express) emotions can be absent from birth.

acquired

(partially or completely) reversible

Numbness

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irreversible

by Reversibility

reversible

Numbness

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practically irreversible

Antisocial personality disorder

Wikipedia

Emotions seem to give meaning to the human experience.

Meaning

Paradigms

We cannot choose how we feel.

(Rational) Choice

Expression of Emotions

Facial Expression

Micro Expressions

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"Micro expressions are facial expressions that occur within a fraction of a second. This involuntary emotional leakage exposes a person's true emotions."

Facial Action Coding System

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"The Facial Action Coding System (FACS) is a comprehensive, anatomically based system for describing all visually discernible facial movement."

Verbal Expression

Principles

Expressing how you feel does change how you feel only under very specific circumstances - and much less than we usually think.

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