By Leonard Berkowitz
Even though it is widely known that people's emotions can frequently impact what they be mindful, how they believe, and what they do, systematic investigations of those results are fairly new. Summarizing a lot of what has been realized some time past a number of a long time, this ebook appears to be like at how sturdy and undesirable emotions come up, after which how they could impact proposal and activities. in addition to displaying the often-suprising ways that temper can form judgments and reminiscence, this quantity examines, between different issues, how emotional arousal impacts the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, no matter if early life traumas are repressed, and what impression people's emotions have on their susceptibility to persuasive communications.
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25 Whatever the principal sources of people’s affective experiences, culture or biology, how can we reconcile the dimensional and discretecategory views of emotional feelings? I would argue that both positions are correct to some degree. We’re frequently aware of the unique nature of whatever affective state we’re experiencing on that occasion, but at times the particular feeling’s location on the circumplex dimen- 24 The Nature and Origin of Feelings sions becomes very important. 26 This being the case, much of our discussion in the later chapters will be especially concerned with the effects of pleasant and unpleasant feelings, although we will occasionally also refer to more specific, more distinctive affects as well.
More on the Causes of Feelings Appraisals and Bodily Reactions After examining the nature of affective experiences, the previous chapter considered a number of factors that lead to these feelings. We can also think of the influences affecting emotional states in a broader way. Generally speaking, psychologists sometimes talk about two types of emotion theories: those that emphasize central processes, primarily involving cognitions, and the more peripherally oriented formulations giving much more attention to the role of bodily reactions.
Many of us do try to follow this admonition, as psychologist Daryl Bem noted. In Feelings: Their Nature and Causes 33 company with other psychological theorists, he has argued that we’re not always clear about what we are feeling or what motivated us to behave as we did, and that, having this uncertainty, we want to understand ourselves. Perhaps more than other theorists, however, Bem suggested that we seek this self-knowledge by basing inferences about our feelings and motives on whatever evidence we might have.
Causes and Consequences of Feelings (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction) by Leonard Berkowitz