Assessment and Modification of Emotional Behavior by Janet Polivy (auth.), Kirk R. Blankstein, Patricia Pliner,

By Janet Polivy (auth.), Kirk R. Blankstein, Patricia Pliner, Janet Polivy (eds.)

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It is this order of monitoring that, according to a simplistic interpretation of the lames-Lange theory, should account for the experience of emotion. But for reasons already dis- 39 Paucity of Positive Emotions cussed, afferent feedback from visceral ana other bodily changes is not sufficient to infuse with emotional warmth the cold perception of an exciting event. For that, a second order of monitoring is required. In the case of second-order monitoring, afferent feedback is assimilated into, or given meaning by, the cognitive schemata that represent the individual's understanding of the emotional role.

Yet, there is nothing in Schachter's formulation to suggest why physiological arousal per se should add an emotional quality to experience. In short, Schachter's theory highlights the three-way interaction between verbal responses, physiological arousal, and the experience of emotion, but it leaves vague the nature of the relationships involved. Since each aspect of the interaction is important for understanding the others, I will begin with a discussion of how physiological arousal contributes to the experience of emotion.

However, in ordinary language, terms such as "courageous," "daring," and "brave" are judged to have a strong emotional connotation (Averill, 1975); moreover, in many classical discussions of the topic, courage is treated as a basic or fundamental emotion (cf. Aquinas, Summa The%gica, la2ae. 45, I). 28 James R. Averill ble to positive states, only that their range of applicability is more limited in the case of positive as opposed to negative responses. And the attribution of emotion as a function of positive and negative outcomes simply illustrates one of the limiting conditions.

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