`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.

‘Facial Expressions of Emotion’ and the Delusion of the Hermetic Self

‘Facial expressions of emotion’ and the delusion of the hermetic self
Alan J.Fridlund and BradleyDuchaine

In this chapter, we try to show how the standard thinking about facial expressions both discloses and perpetuates our implicit views about the nature of the self. Specifically, we contend that the mythic power of the romanticist Rousseauian view of human nature, which pits a natural and passionate ‘authentic’ self against a Janusian social self, explains our uncritical acceptance of the standard ‘Emotions View’ of the human face. Then we give examples of how contemporary evolutionary and biological thinking afford us a glimpse of a new way to understand what our faces do and how they serve us. This ‘Behavioral Ecology ...

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