`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.
Chapter 5: Social Control of ‘Negative’ Emotions: The Case of Regret
Social Control of ‘Negative’ Emotions: The Case of Regret
Western culture generally treats emotion with wary distrust, especially when contrasting emotion with reason in the usual black-and-white way. Therefore, it should not be surprising to find that there are elaborate emotion norms that are passed on from generation to generation, and from the ruling classes to the ruled. A good part of the socialization of children and other societal subordinates involves transmitting civilization's command to regulate the expression, and to some extent, the experience of emotion. The usual generic methods of socialization, which also undoubtedly serve as methods of socialization of emotion, include differential reinforcement, imitation of and identification with models, communication of expectancies, and direct instruction ...