`There is much that is fascinating here. Long-established experiments and conclusions are rubbished and reinterpreted, long-established assumptions and beliefs about emotions are soundly trounced, and generally a good going-over is delivered to the whole field... it is such a blockbuster that one can only reel backwards and tell anyone studying the subject that they would be crazy not to get it' - Self & Society This fascinating book overviews the psychology of the emotions in its broadest sense, tracing historical, social, cultural and biological themes and analyses. The contributors - some of the leading figures in the field - produce a new theoretical synthesis by drawing together these strands.

Emotion Talk across Cultures

Emotion talk across cultures
PaulHeelas

Emotional life has sparke the human imagination. Members of different societies talk about their emotions in a wide variety of ways, many of which strike us as distinctly imaginative. The Javanese of Ponorogo, for example, employ liver talk: ‘it is the liver (ati) that appears in idiomatic expressions indicating emotion’; and ‘the role of the liver is not altogether just a metaphor’ (Weiss, 1983: 72).

In this chapter I shall take the reader on a ‘Cooks tour’ of societies whose members talk about emotions in an ‘exotic’ fashion. As we shall see, there are very considerable differences in the number of emotions clearly identified; what emotions mean; how they are classified and evaluated; how the nature of emotions is ...

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