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Typical Emotions
Typical emotions

Emotions are of interest to everyone. Indeed, they play a central role in our lives. Talking to lay people about emotions is instructive: Ordinary people are highly curious and knowledgeable about emotional phenomena. Common sense, poems, novels, movies, historical accounts, psychological studies, and philosophical discussions supply us with a host of information about emotions. Despite their apparent simplicity and the great deal of available information, emotions are an extremely crucial and complex topic. The problem in understanding emotions is the formulation of a comprehensive framework to adequately explain the various emotional phenomena. Owing to the enormous complexity and diversity of emotions, the presentation of such a framework is difficult and rare.

One aim of this chapter is to offer an outline for such ...

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