Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_90


Emotion is one of the core categories, not just of psychology, but of contemporary Western thought: as such, its ramifications and associations are both vast and profound. In mainstream psychology, the concept of emotion is usually sharply distinguished from cognition, as though these are two wholly distinct processes, and is frequently associated with judgement biases and information processing errors. In critical psychology, however, the absolute separation of emotion from cognition is often questioned, the concept itself is sometimes subject to interrogation and deconstruction, and consistent attempts are made to analyze its intersections with society and culture.


An individually experienced, culturally normative, and relationally enacted ensemble of intention, feeling, judgement, and performance that typically includes a distinctly embodied phenomenological component.


Affect; feeling; mood; passion; rationality; sentiment; embodiment



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology, School of Sport, Exercise and Health SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK