19 Nov 2018

Constructed Emotions – A history of emotion research

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Here is great article on the history of research into emotion by Lisa Feldman-Barrett:

‘Construction theories of emotion are an ambassador for an entirely different view of human nature. Your mind cannot be a battleground between animalistic emotions and rational thoughts, because the brain has no separate systems for emotion and cognition.’

The classical view of emotion ‘says that you are an animal at the core, at the mercy of automatic emotions that you regulate by that most human of abilities, rational thought. This view of human nature is deeply embedded in society. It’s in the legal system, which distinguishes between calculated crimes, such as first-degree murder, and crimes of passion, in which your emotions “take you over” and you are partially absolved of responsibility. … It’s in stereotypes of men versus women, in which women are believed to be innately more emotional than men.’

https://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Secret-History-of-Emotions/239357

 

 

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