Experiencing Emotion

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Experiencing Emotion 1. Discuss the catharsis hypothesis, and identify some of the advantages and disadvantages of openly expressing anger. The catharsis hypothesis maintains that "releasing" aggressive energy through action or fantasy reduces anger. Although "blowing off steam" may temporarily calm an angry person, it may also amplify underlying hostility, and it may provoke retaliation. Angry outbursts may be reinforcing and therefore habit forming. In contrast, anger expressed as a nonaccusing statement of feeling can benefit relationships by leading to reconciliation rather than retaliation. 2. Identify some potential causes and consequences of happiness, and describe how happiness is influenced by our own prior experiences and by others' attainments. A good mood boosts people's perceptions of the world and their willingness to help others (the feel-good, do-good phenomenon). The moods triggered by good or bad events, however, seldom last more than that day. Even seemingly significant good events,
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