Presentation 13. Impoverished Brazilian Mothers and Middle School Romance -- Social Influence over

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Social Influence over Emotions and Intimate Life Brazilian Mothers and endemic child loss; what is love?
What we assume about emotions Natural Spontaneous Sincere Expressive of Who we Are: “The real self” Private and Personal Overt and Covert Conscious and Unconscious Subject to Control In their experience display
What Purposes do Emotions Serve? Back to Dacher Keltner, Born to be Good . The construction and maintenance of necessary social bonds Signaling devices to others and ourselves about our “comfort” level with relationships or social situations. Emotions guide our action – influence the shape of our social bonds: our friendships, partnerships, position in the community/group Emotions invite others to construct relationships with us – we signal the “kind of person we are” and others can calibrate their responses to us based on what they read of us. Approach us with trust, affection, candor, caution, confidence, self-protectiveness.
The Social Component in Emotional Life Personal Experience and Scholarly study show great range of emotions in social life. Individuals differ in how they react to situations: good fortune, catastrophe, tedium of routine. Cultures differ in apparent responses to life events and situations. Some cultures are known for “reserve.” Others are known for “expressiveness” or volatility. Families and groups within different cultures differ in the how they define behavioral expectations of themselves and others.
Language about Emotions Suggests More than Simple Natural Spontaneity Consider: That reaction was overboard. Over the top. Why couldn’t he control himself. I couldn’t tell what she was feeling. He must really be a monster – he showed no remorse. Get a grip on yourself. “Chill.” “Calm down.” That is so inappropriate. It happened so quickly, I didn’t know how to feel? I took a few days before I knew I felt like I was supposed to, or like I expected.
Arlie Hochschild’s Views of Emotions Feelings are rooted in the response of the body and mind to experience. Feelings do express themselves in recognizable facial expressions, vocalizations, protective or exuberant stances. There is something natural and inherent about feelings in our human endowments. But situations govern the ways emotions are elicited, understood, felt and expressed. Physical environment of comfort and stress affect the kinds of feelings that well up in individuals. Social environment affects our comfort or stress levels and the experience of emotions Social interactions with real or perceived or imagined others will affect how we “feel.” Significant others and reference groups matter in generating feeling.
Arlie Hochschild’s Views of Emotions Feelings are rooted in the response of the body and mind to experience. Feelings do express themselves in recognizable facial expressions, vocalizations, protective or exuberant stances. There is something natural and inherent about feelings in our human endowments.

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