study guide exam 2 - Emotion and Communication: -peak...

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Emotion and Communication: -peak emotional experience? Characteristics of emotion : instance reaction to an event that involves interpreting the meaning of an event 1. Reactive: also triggered after the fact 2. Arousing-true emotion = heart rate increases, adrenaline pumps, muscles heat, sweat, eyes dilate 3. Interpreted as Emotion (must consciously label them as such) 4. Constrained by historical, cultural, relational and situational norm…(when can men openly cry = war, death, sports) 5. Expressed communicatively as verbal and non verbal behavior. Small Emotions = gratitude, concern, pleasure, tension, hope, bewilderment, relief, and resentment Feelings: short term reactions to events that generate only limited arousal and do not trigger attempts to manage their expression or experience (last seconds or minutes) Moods: low-intensity states that are not caused by particular events and typically last Emotion –sharing: A way in which emotion is communication is that we talk about emotional experiences with our partners. Mood Effects on perception and communication People in good (positive) moods are more likely to: form positive gestalts of others judge new acquaintances as sociable, honest, giving, and creative Openly disclose thoughts and concern to close relationship partners. People in bad (negative) moods typically prefer social isolation. Improving your Mood Worst Strategies: - consuming alcohol - consuming caffeine - consuming recreational drugs - consuming foods - sex Best strategy Rigorous physical exercise
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Emotion Management (some degree of control) Suppression: inhibiting thoughts, arousal, and behavioral displays Venting : allowing emotions to dominate thoughts and explosively expressing them Reappraisal: actively changing how you think about the meaning of emotion- eliciting situations, so that their emotional impact is changed. Challenging Relationship Emotions Passion: a blended emotion consisting of surprise and joy, coupled with feelings of excitement, amazement, and sexual attraction. Passion Facts: Early stages of romantic relationships often(but do not always) involve intense passion Passion and love are different The longer and better you know someone, the less passion you will feel toward them on a daily basis The longer and better you know someone, the more extreme and unexpected the event has to be in order to trigger passion Passion can’t be planned Within long term relationships, you feel more passion toward others than toward
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