|Emotions and Feelings|
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Emotions are Social Behaviors
Behavior in human groups is regulated by displays of status, intentions, body states, needs and distress. Emotions are obvious displays that add dynamics to human interactions. The face is the bulletin board of emotions, complemented by sounds, head movements, arm and hand gestures. The goal of polite society is to maintain a neutral state with little or no display of emotions.
Anger is the dominant emotion and displays of anger disrupt social gatherings. Polite humans learn proper conduct that minimizes conflict. Elaborate polite greeting and parting behaviors are required.The interaction of humans in public spaces is controlled by a variety of rules, devices and enforcement that minimize the opportunity for anger to emerge. When one person becomes angry in gatherings, others act to minimize the tendency for anger to lead to fighting.
The primary dynamic of dominance and submission is always at work when humans interact. Emotions are the outer language of dominance and submission. Feelings represent the evaluation of dominant and submissive behaviors as monitor images in consciousness.
Crying and laughing are not usually listed as emotions, but should be; indeed, these highly communicative behaviors are prototypes of emotion. Smiling and grimacing are also emotional behaviors. Both are transitional to emotions that are more energetic. Smiling is often a signal that all is well and may progress to laugher.
Grimacing is a signal that not all is well and may lead to crying or anger. Children who are unsure about what is happening may go though the whole repertoire of emotions in rapid succession. A grimace; then a hesitant laugh; and then a flood of tears may follow a tentative smile if the right reassurance is not forthcoming.
Human relationships thrive on shared pleasurable experiences. Eating together is bonding. Food pleasures are the easiest, most available form of self-gratification. Eating and drinking together indicates social acceptance and tends to cement social relationships. Intimate relationships often begin with dinner invitations. Lovers feed each other the way doting mothers feed babies. You could argue that hunger, thirst and eating are deeply embedded in the production of feeling and emotional behaviors.
Hunger and thirst are the oldest and deepest motivations to venture into the world to find good things to eat and drink. Drinking water and other beverages is a special kind of eating. Hunger is an inside feeling; appetite is the drive, hunting for food is the seeking behavior, eating is the consummatory behavior and satiety is the feeling of gratification that follows. Eating food involves pleasurable sensations, mostly in the mouth and internal chemical signals that regulate brain states. The right signals from food produce gratification and a temporary suspension of needs.
Emotions and Feelings