Emotion and Communication

Emotion and Communication - –sharing: A way in which...

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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 longer than Emotion
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Unformatted text preview: –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 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....
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course COM 225 taught by Professor Morrison during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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