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Emotions Final Class Notes

Emotions Final Class Notes - 1 Psychoanalytic theory of...

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1. Psychoanalytic theory of jealousy (Freud) a. Did Freud regard jealousy as normal or abnormal emotion? i. He regarded jealousy as a normal emotion. In other words, most people experience it. b. How did he divide Jealousy? i. Normal or competitive ii. Projected jealousy iii. Delusional c. Normal Jealousy: i. It is a compound of grief, feelings of enmity against the rival, and self- criticism. ii. Its origin is in childhood experiences of the oedipal complex. It’s caused by childs desire of the parent of the opposite sex and the fear and anger towards same sex parent. The jealousy of an adult carries remnants from the emotional like of childhood. iii. Projected jealousy 1. Fidelity is a constant struggle against temptation. The tension can be relieved by projection. That is, project your own impulses to infedielity into your partner. You are vindicated by assuming that your partner also possesses the same desire iv. Delusional jealousy 1. It is similar to projected jealousy except it is much more intense, includes paranoia, and has no basis in reality 4/13/09 Forgiveness 1. “If you devote your life to seeking revenge, first dig two graves.” – Confucius 2. What are the benefits of forgiveness? a. Reduction of the stress of unforgiveness, e.i, Bitterness, anger, hostility, hatred, and resentment i. “Resentment is letting someone live rent-free in your head” b. Resentment increases blood pressure, hormonal changes linked to cardiovascular diseases and immune suppression.
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c. Resentment shows that people with strong social networks of friends and family are healthier than loners. Someone who nurses grudges has fewer friends. 3. What are two types of forgiveness? a. Decional Forgiveness i. A commitment to reconcile with peretrator b. Emotional Forgiveness i. An internal state of acceptance: letting go of your suffering. This does not force justice nor do you make up to people with who should be despised. Anger has its place, but it shouldn’t be a way of life. ii. Forgiveness is a process. It needs to be nurtured. Forgiveness goes against human tendency to seek revenge (it goes against nature. And the redress of injustice c. Individual differences i. Religious persons are more forgiving ii. College Students are less forgiving than their parents iii. Forgiveness is more difficult for things like incest, rape, or other interpersonal hurt iv. For your own mental and physical health v. Forgiveness is not about excusing the behavior that wounded you. It’s about coming to peace internally so that you stop carrying the anger and hurt. What you are after is a sense of peace. vi. Recognize that your distress is coming from the hurt feelings you are suffering NOW , not what offended you 10 yrs ago. vii.
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