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This chapter comprises descriptions of the experiences, functions, causes, and consequences of happiness, interest, surprise, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, contempt, shame, guilt, pride, envy, and jealousy. Descriptions include reference to core relational themes, which refers to the meaning in terms of the harm or benefit for relationships which is implied in an emotion. A main point is the recognition of the significance of positive emotions in terms of the broaden and build theory. The chapter includes results from a study where the meaning of emotions was tested by rating scales for the extent to which each emotion was experienced as pleasant, tense (in terms of arousal) , controlled, and supportive of self-esteem. Also included are results from studies on persons’ awareness of physiological signals of individual emotions.
KeywordsEmotion experience Emotion functions Individual emotions Positive emotions Negative emotions
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