The Expression Of Emotions And Animals ( Darwin, 1872 ) Essays

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The study of emotion brings to light a vast array of views on its causes and functions. Among these is the view that facial expressions are capable of influencing our emotions ultimately known as the facial feedback hypothesis. This hypothesis emerged from a review of a culmination of several studies. In order to better understand this hypothesis it is necessary to look at its emergence. When it comes to the facial feedback hypothesis, one of the first people to build the foundation of this view was Darwin in his book the expression of emotions in man and animals (Darwin, 1872). In this book, he expressed the contention that emotions which are freely expressed become intensified. Contrastingly, his view was that an emotion whose expression becomes repressed would soften. Furthermore, in his opinion, just the simulation of an emotion would arouse it in our minds. Shortly after Darwin, William James established his view on emotion (James, 1884). His view was that an exciting fact occurs, which upon its perception causes bodily changes. Then, our actual awareness of the bodily changes is in fact the emotion. In his opinion, if an individual would become corporally anesthetic then they would live a life devoid of emotions and purely intellectual in its approach. Shortly after James, a Danish physician named Carl Lange independently established a similar idea. He established and printed his views in 1885, but it was not translated to English until later by Dunlap (1922).…

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