Emotions Essay

593 WordsMar 20, 20123 Pages
Once long ago, when I hear the word ‘emotion’ the only word I associate with it is FEELING. But now as I read and listened to the report of my classmates regarding this topic, I realized, there’s more to it than just simple feelings. I truly haven’t known what it deeply means. The word ‘emotion’ comes from the Latin roots e and movere which means “to move” or “to migrate”. Once, they were referred to as “passions” and were seen as “sufferings of the soul” or inner changes impressed upon the soul by some external force. It involves three components. The cognitive component which is a subjective conscious experience, only events that are significant to our goals, concerns, values, needs, preferences or wellbeing can elicit emotion, another is the physiological component—bodily arousal, emotions are linked to automatic nervous system activity. It is all about sensory commotion, a feeling which a person feels when he is in a grip of strong emotion, much referred to as adrenaline rush. The last is the behavioral component—characteristic overt expressions. Emotion is communicated through facial bodily expressions, postural and voice changes. According to William and Carl in their James-Lange theory of emotion, conscious experience of emotion results from ones perception of automatic arousal. It emphasizes the physiological determinants of emotion. Different patterns of automatic activation lead to the experience of these emotions. From this, people distinguished emotions such as fear, joy and anger on the basis of the exact configuration of physical reactions they experience. Another of these early theories of emotion is the Cannon-Bard theory. It explains that when the thalamus sends signals simultaneously to the cortex (creating the conscious experience of emotion) and to the automatic nervous system (creating visceral arousal), emotion occurs. In here, the

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