episode #107 creatures of emotions

wild poppy flower growing between stones

“Emotion” is a term that came into use in the English language in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. French émotion, from Old French, from esmovoir, to excite, from Vulgar Latin *exmovēre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin movēre, to move). “No one felt emotions before about 1830. Instead they felt other things – ‘passions’, ‘accidents of the soul’, ‘moral sentiments’ – and explained them very differently from how we understand emotions today.” [T.W. Smith]

Some cross-cultural studies indicate that the categorisation of “emotion” and classification of basic emotions such as “anger” and “sadness” are not universal and that the boundaries and domains of these concepts are categorised differently by all cultures. However, others argue that there are some universal bases of emotions (see Section 6.1) In psychiatry and psychology, an inability to express or perceive emotion is sometimes referred to as alexithymia.

Emotions are mental states brought on by neurophysiological changes, variously associated with thoughts, feelings, behavioural responses, and a degree of pleasure or displeasure… A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling, or such mental states or the qualities that are associated with them, especially in contrast to reason. Emotions are often intertwined with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, or creativity.


Slaves: Acts Of Fear And Love

N*E*R*D: Happy

Gorillaz: On A Melancholy Hill

Sam Cooke: Sad Mood

Arthur King: Fear

Kinny & Horne: Dignity

Röyksopp: The Fear

Thundercat: How I Feel

Florence + the Machine: Sky Full of Song

Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch: Dark Mood Woods

Ólafur Arnalds: Þau hafa sloppið undan þunga myrkursins

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