Updated: May 20

In Context

Category:-Cognitive Psychology(The Calculating Brain)

Approach:-Psychology of Emotions


Emotions, and more especially emotional disorders, played a large part in psychotherapy from its beginnings, but they were seen more as symptoms to be treated than as something to be examined in their own right. One of the first to realize that emotions deserved as much attention as thought processes, drives, and behavior.

It is assumed that we physically set emotions according to a set of social conventions, which differ from culture to culture. According to some research, it is found that tribespeople could interpret facial expressions as well as anyone in more globally -aware countries, which suggests that facial expressions are universal products of human evolution.

Basic Emotions:-

There are six basic emotions -anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise and because of their ubiquity, some surveys concluded they must be important in our psychological make-up. Facial expressions are linked to these emotions and they are involuntary (involuntary:-done without the will or conscious control of the brain )-we react automatically to things that trigger these emotional responses and that this reaction often happens before our conscious mind and it has time to register the causes of that emotion. It is not only our faces that can reveal our inner emotional state but that the emotions responsible for these involuntary expressions are more powerful than psychologists had previously thought.

Six Basic Emotions

Emotions can be more powerful than the drive for sex, hunger, and even the will to live. For example, embarrassment or fear can override libido, preventing a satisfactory sex life. Extreme unhappiness can override the will to live. The power of the "Runaway Train" of emotions convinced me that a better understanding of emotions would help to overcome some mental disorders. We may be unable to control our emotions but we may be able to make changes to the things that trigger them and the behavior they lead to.

Research has been made and according to some research, the way we try to hide our feelings is identified as small telltale signs which are called"Microexpressions" which is detectable when someone is either consciously or unconsciously concealing something. This has proved useful in devastating security measures to counter-terrorism.

Flow of emotional runaway

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