SPCM1500 Exam 2 Notes 3

SPCM1500 Exam 2 Notes 3 - SPCM1500 7/21/11: Emotion and...

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SPCM1500 7/21/11: Emotion and Communication What are emotions? Emotions are fundamental feeling states - Some scholars argue that emotions involve one person’s feelings - Others say emotions are experienced only within the context of relating to others - Turner and West try to take a middle ground saying emotions are fundamental feeling states that orient us to what matters in our lives. Emotions, whether experienced individually or within the context of a relationship share certain common characteristics - Subjective experiences - Valenced experiences (positive or negative) - Physiological arousal (shaking if nervous, tears, sweating, etc.) o Unconscious - Thought interruption (you can’t think bc your emotions keep jumping in) o Can’t focus but emotions distract you o Example: anticipating a vacation during class o Shows how tied it is to your physiological persona and mental (how much it can influence you) - Behavioral expression: choice to express how you are feeling (intentional/conscious) o Jump up and down because you’re excited o Beat someone up bc you’re angry o Crying if you get pulled over by the police - Adaptive responses o Something happens and your emotions can change Basic Dimensions of emotions 1. Valence (positive/negative) 2. Activity (passive/active) 3. Intensity (weak/strong) a. Degree to which the emotion is felt b. Example: rage is strong Emotional Display Rules Management of feelings for the purpose of creating a public display
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SPCM1500 Exam 2 Notes 3 - SPCM1500 7/21/11: Emotion and...

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