This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Emotion Essay

2372 words - 10 pages

What Are Emotions?
Emotions seem to rule our daily lives. We make decisions based on whether we are happy, angry, sad, bored, or frustrated. We choose activities and hobbies based on the emotions they incite.
What exactly is an emotion?
* "An emotion is a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and a behavioralor expressive response."
(Hockenbury & Hockenbury, 2007)
In addition to understanding exactly what emotions are, researchers have also tried to identify and classify the different types of emotions. In 1972, psychologist Paul Eckman suggested that there are six basic emotions that ...view middle of the document...

Consider anger. Is all anger the same? Your own experience might range from mild annoyance to blinding rage.
Plus, we don't always experience 'pure' forms of each emotion. Mixed emotions over different events or situations in our lives are common. When faced with starting a new job, you might feel both excited and nervous. Getting married or having a child might be marked by a wide variety of emotions ranging from joy to anxiety. These emotions might occur simultaneously, or you might feel them one after another.
The Physiological Response
If you've ever felt your stomach lurch from anxiety or your heart palpate with fear, then you realize that emotions also cause strong physiological reactions. Many of the physical reactions you experience during an emotion such as sweating palms, racing heartbeat, or rapid breathing are controlled by the sympathetic nervous system, a branch of theautonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary body responses such as blood flow and digestion. The sympathetic nervous system is charged with controlling the body's fight-or-flight reactions. When facing a threat, these responses automatically prepare your body to flee from danger or face the threat head-on.
While early studies of the physiology of emotion tended to focus on these autonomic responses, more recent research has targeted the brain's role in emotions. Brain scans have shown that the amygdala, part of the limbic system, plays an important role in emotion and fear in particular. The amygdala itself is a tiny, almond-shaped structure that has been linked to motivational states such as hunger and thirst as WELL as memory and emotion. Researchers have used brain imaging to show that when people are shown threatening images, the amygdala becomes activated. Damage to the amygdala has also been shown to impair the fear response.
The Behavioral Response
The final component is perhaps one that you are most familiar with – the actual expression of emotion. We spend a significant amount of time interpreting the emotional expressions of the people around us. Our ability to accurately understand these expressions is tied to what psychologists call emotional intelligence and these expressions play a major part in our overall body language. Researchers believe that many expressions are universal, such as a smile indicating happiness or pleasure or a frown indicating sadness or displeasure. Cultural rules also play an important role in how we express and interpret emotions. In Japan, for example, people tend to mask displays of fear or disgust when in the presence of authority figure.
Emotions Vs. Moods
In everyday language, people often use the terms 'emotions' and 'moods' interchangeably, but psychologists actually make distinctions between the two. How do they differ? An emotion is normally quite short-lived, but intense. Emotions are also likely to have a definite and identifiable cause. For example, after disagreeing with a...

Other Papers Like Emotion

Musical Emotion to Metal Essay

1282 words - 6 pages Have you ever had a really bad day or an extreme emotion running through your veins? Or just want to hear some of the most talented musicians to ever walk the earth? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions you have the makings to be a Metal head. What is a metal head you ask? There are many kinds of metal heads because there are many kinds of metal. There are three genera greats in the Metal world today. Classic metal, Death metal

Motivation, Emotion And Development Essay

800 words - 4 pages Motivation & Emotion and Development Psychology Tiffany Hibbler Colorado Technical University Online PSYC120-1104A-09 October 16, 2011 Motivation & Emotion and Development Psychology The three parts of my identity and psychological makeup that I choose to discuss in the nature vs. nurture viewpoints are; personality, motivation, and self-esteem. Nature is more of what you’re born with such as; genetics and nurture is more of the

Frijda: the Laws of Emotion

534 words - 3 pages Frijda: The Laws of Emotion Overview: The article presents several “laws,” or empirical regularities, of emotion. Formulating these laws implies: Emotional phenomena are lawful • The empirical regularities rely on underlying causal mechanisms • Mechanisms of emotion are assumed to be only partially under voluntary control – we are subjected to these laws • Research has developed sufficiently to formulate laws • Research

Investigating Effect of Emotion Dection

2694 words - 11 pages Investigating age differences effect on emotion detection for the over and under forties using Baron Cohen's “Eyes Test” (Baron-Cohen, Wheelwright & Hill, 2001) Abstract: This research focuses on the area of emotion detection in psychology. Independent variables being tested is the participants’ age [over and under 40 years of age]. Dependent variables being tested is participants’ scores in the eyes test. Participants were picked from a

Does Emotion Drive an Adult Learner?

517 words - 3 pages particular, in adult learning.” (Dirkx, 2008) To pick a word to describe emotion/feeling of learning would be “Passion”. The “Love” of doing something would be a “Passion”. Passion of an activity or discipline directly impacts the intensity of and your desire to learn and improve your skills. “Emotion drives forward what we attend to, and attention drives learning. So, one of the important things we have to do is to ensure that learners become

Gifting Emotion Paper

2371 words - 10 pages Mobile Financial Service Solution Online Payment services Gifting Emotions Contents 1. Introduction to Mobilink and Mobicash ........................................................................................... 3 2. Online payment solution ................................................................................................................... 5 2.1 Mobile wallet based online payment solution-Gifting Emotions

Motivation And Emotion

1493 words - 6 pages shutterstock_141144724You signed up for a fitness class at the gym so you could lose five pounds, took it diligently and dropped the weight. Your sister signed up for the same fitness class, took it sparingly, and then dropped the class without losing any weight. What motivated you to go to the class each time, participate in the class, follow through with your fitness plan and lose the weight? And why wasn’t your sister motivated to do

No Amount of Information Can Eliminate Prejudice Because Prejudice Is Rooted in Emotion, Not Reason

582 words - 3 pages “No amount of information can eliminate prejudice because prejudice is rooted in emotion, not reason” The speaker actually raises two distinct issues here: 1.whether information can eliminate or at least help reduce prejudice and 2.if not whether this is because prejudice is rooted in emotion rather than reason. Despite the evidence to the contrary, i fundamentally agree with the speaker’s essential claim that prejudice is here to stay because

Application of Motivation and Emotion Principles in Weight Loss Programs to Lose Weight Effectively

3057 words - 13 pages Application of motivation and emotion principles in weight loss programs to lose weight effectively. Abstract Application of principles of motivation and emotion has significant influence on the effectiveness of weight loss in weight loss programs. I agree with this view and will justify it by introducing principles and backing them up with official academic research as evidence. Adverse emotions can facilitate weight gain and

The Effects Of Emotion, Imagery And Negative Feelings On Memory Retrieval

2815 words - 12 pages The Effects of Emotion, Imagery and Negative Feelings on Memory Retrieval My Memory Here I was, at the 2013 U.S. Synchronized Figure Skating Championships, standing in the well-known “kiss and cry” area with my team. We just skated our second program of the competition, the long program, and it felt absolutely incredible. I remember completing each element and taking a deep breath of relief each time knowing we made it through another

Discuss How Theory and Research in Health Psychology Has Been Helpful or Unhelpful in Addressing Human Problems

1338 words - 6 pages To what extent does biological psychology contribute to our understanding of human emotion? This essay will briefly consider some definitions and early theories of emotion. It will evaluate evidence from studies which suggests that biological psychology makes a major contribution to our understanding of human emotion. It will, however, acknowledge that there are limitations to the biological aspect of emotion, and that interaction with

Related Essays

Emotion Essay

610 words - 3 pages Emotion The game had the makings of the next blockbuster movie. Back and forth scoring, leads changing hands constantly, an injury to a huge part of a team, a home run, and a walkoff win. This game was anything except normal. A combined 25 runs and 23 hits between the two teams. Pitching about as sharp as a dull knife, not even Nolan Ryan could’ve stopped these bats that day in May. Harding raced out to an early 2-0 over Humboldt only

Motivation And Emotion Essay

1703 words - 7 pages Abstract Motivation and emotion go hand in hand; they are interlinked and influence each other to a great extent. The question many ask is how? Well, it’s simple really, let’s see what motivation and emotion are defined as individually. Motivation is the x-factor that drives you to achieve your goal. With motivation, you know what you want and why you want it. All you need to do is to go about finding ways to utilize your motivation to reach

Emotion (Theory Of Knowledge) Essay

717 words - 3 pages [Emotion] has the advantage of being open to all, the weak and the lowly, the illiterate and the scholar. It is seen to be as efficacious as any other method and is sometimes said to be stronger than the others, since it is its own fruition, while other methods are means to some other ends. I questioned this statement in regards to the ‘it is its own fruition’ part. I interpreted this part to mean that emotion can just be emotion. It does not

Pros & Cons Of Emotion Essay

1294 words - 6 pages possible to look further into emotion and to place the aforementioned moods or feelings into real life situations. It is also important to explore not only advantages of emotion, but also the disadvantages. In recent years, media has informed the masses of the existence of honor crimes, or customary killings. Honor killings are usually murders by a family member, but also social groups who think that dishonor have been placed upon the community