SOC 128 2/9/16
SOC 128 2/9/16 SOC 128
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2/9/16 1. 2 accounts of where emotions come from: organicism vs interactive accounts a. Organismic model (organism) i. Emotions are biological responses, innate and instinctual (come from within the individual) b. Interactive model i. Emotions are socially derived (have social origins) 1. They are socially labeled, individually interpreted and managed 2. what is emotion work a. In society, there are [social] rules for how we should feel ( feelings are socially constructed) , act and behave within a specific context, such as feeling sad at a funeral. EW comes into play when we feel that our emotions are not in harmony with the context (we are not fulfilling our duty to society/we dont feel the way that we are supposed to), therefore, we do certain things (effort) in order to arouse a certain emotion (evoke an emotion) such as the act of smiling to make one happy. i. Our emotions must match societies desires and are therefore not merely innate although, the social norm of how one should feel within a specific context is. Thus, we are not merely attempting to change our physical complexion (impression management/smiling), we are changing the entire emotion/feeling b. EW can be either changing the degree or quality of an emotion i. degree 1. attempt to change the range/intensity of an emotion ii. quality 1. attempt to make oneself feel an entirely different emotion c. We can provoke emotions by using an emotion work system too i. Telling friends etc. to remind us how to feel towards something, such as to help you fall out of love of an abusive relationship by constantly reminding you of bad situations within that relationship d. up and down i. We can either bring an emotion up such as a women who constantly makes effort to make herself love an older priest, or bring it down, such as trying to control crying at a funeral 3. feeling rules a. emotions are socially constructedsocial rules tell us how we should feel in certain situations b. rights and duties i. rights and duties provide terms for how we feel towards emotions ii. love for example, is taught by the media that it should be felt a certain way 1. extent a. to what extent one should feel an emotion i. sad but not too sad 2. direction 2/9/16 a. to whom should emotion be directed to 3. duration a. how long one should feel an emotion 4. how does it happen? (Tripardic method) a. attend i. Become Self aware of emotions 1. We give more attention to one emotion rather than others b. codify i. Give meaning to emotion by labeling it (giving it a name, allowing selfawareness of the emotion (recognition) ii. our feelings vary based on our cultural rules c. manage i. attempt to change emotion (shape, model or induce) based on we think we are supposed to (attempt to create it) ii. shaping, modeling and inducing 5. techniques of emotion work? a. cognitive i. Mental/cognitive attempt to change emotions b. bodily i. attempt to change the physical symptoms of an emotion c. expressive emotion work i. changing the expressions that come with an emotion 6. self and emotion work a. So, if through emotion work we can change our emotional state can we really say that this is our true self? Obviously not because emotions can be either selfinduced or emotionally manipulated through extensive techniques such as smiling, running, listening to music etc. This ties into the idea of selling our emotions discussed by Hofschildethat society require us to feel and act a certain way to fit social criteria that society sets such as smiling at the happiest place on earth i. social structure of emotions pg 2122 Hofschilde
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