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Emotions Essay Research Paper Emotions are part

Emotions Essay, Research Paper Emotions are part of a management system to co-ordinate each individual’s multiple plans and goals under constraints of time and other resources. Emotions

Emotions Essay, Research Paper

Emotions are part of a management system to co-ordinate each individual’s

multiple plans and goals under constraints of time and other resources. Emotions

are also part of the biological solution to the problem of how to plan and to

carry out action aimed at satisfying multiple goals in environments, which are

not always predictable. Emotions are based on non-propositional communications

that can be called ‘emotion signals?. An interesting aspect of research is

?Can emotions exist and exert influence at the unconscious level?? Freud’s

view was that emotions could not be unconscious, that their experience is bound

with the conscious experience, and that only predispositions towards certain

emotions can exist in the unconscious (contempt, disgust, and shame); supplying

it?s own unique kind of motivating information. According to our textbook (Bukato

& Daehler 1998) emotions have three components. The physiological component

involves body changes. This includes respiration, increased heart rate and

sweating. Smiles, grimaces, frowns and laughter are all facial displays that are

part of the expressive component. How a person interprets and evaluates their

emotional state is the experiential component. Development of Emotions The

question to scientists is whether or not emotion and mood is formed through mind

processes or biologically innate traits. Scientists are searching the brain for

a particular area that stimulates emotion in humans. They have changed their

idea that it might be the hippocampus and now feel that part of it may come from

the amygdala. Supposedly when something known by our senses comes in interaction

with us, an impulse is sent to this amygdala and it sends another impulse to our

cortex. We either form a positive or negative response to what we see, hear,

taste, or touch. It seems more logical for a particular region of our brain to

create this feedback, than for some biological cause. The mind basically tells

the body how to react to a specific stimulus by processing it through the brain.

We experience certain emotions from engaging in positive and negative actions

throughout life so when stimulated again we know how to react. During the first

hour after birth an emotional tie begins between the infant and mother. From an

early age infants are alert to the people around them. From 0-4 months babies

show the majority of their emotions through crying. For example, a baby that

smiles and is looking around is generally showing signs that they want to

interact with others. Not responding to an infant?s emotional signals can slow

down their social development and impede their development of trust. Research

has found that without this emotional attachment a baby may have problems

communicating with others later on in their development. Attachment theory,

which originated in studies of the mother-infant relationship, is widely viewed

as having applications across the life span. Researchers have examined the links

between quality of attachment to parents and late adolescents’ psychological

well-being and experiences of romantic love; adults’ attitudes toward love and

work; and parents’ likelihood of establishing secure verses insecure attachments

with their own young children (Armsden and Greenberg, 1987; Hazan and Shaver,

1987.) Often at 5- 7 months infants develop a sense of fear or shyness of

strangers. Infants at this age will sometimes cling to their parents and will

not want to be touched by people who they see as being unfamiliar. From 4-8

months infants begin to express a wider range of emotions. Pleasure, happiness,

fear, and frustration are shown through gurgles, coos, and babbling. Babies

emotions are show through movements such as kicking, arm waving, rocking and

smiling. At 8-18 months babies develop a sense of self. They begin to recognize

their image in a mirror and start to become more independent. Babies at this

stage have a wide range of emotional states. One minute they could be happy and

playing and the next minute they could be kicking and screaming. Impact of

Emotions on Children Moral development begins early in an infant?s life. Moral

development depends on the type of training and attention an infant gets through

his or her parent. If they are disciplined early enough in age they will grow up

knowing the differences between right and wrong. If a parent ignores a child,

allowing them think that the inappropriate behavior is acceptable, the parent

will risk having the child develop a dysfunctional moral and/or value system.

Self Esteem & Self- Concept Healthy self-esteem is a child’s armor against

the challenges of the world. Kids who feel good about themselves seem to have an

easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures. They tend to

smile more readily and enjoy life. These kids are realistic and generally

optimistic. In contrast, for children who have low self-esteem, challenges can

become sources of major anxiety and frustration. Children who think poorly of

themselves have a hard time finding solutions to problems. If they are plagued

by self-critical thoughts, such as "I’m no good" or "I can’t do

anything right," they may become passive, withdrawn, or depressed.

Everyone, from the youngest child to the oldest adult, experiences anxieties and

fears at one time or another. Feeling anxious in a particularly uncomfortable

situation never feels very good. However, with children, such feelings are not

only normal, they are also necessary. Experiencing and dealing with anxieties

can prepare young people to handle the unsettling experiences and challenging

situations of life. Punishment verses Discipline Children develop concepts of

self from different sources. One way that children learn to feel good about

themselves is through parental discipline. Although it may not feel good at the

time, it is absolutely necessary for children to feel safe. Discipline is not

the same as punishment. Punishment is one technique used in discipline.

Punishment can be physical, such as hitting and slapping and verbal abuse or it

can be psychological as in disapproval, isolation, loss of privileges or

shaming. While such punishment may seem to get fast results, in the long term it

is more harmful than helpful. Physical punishment can discourage and embarrass

children and develop low self-esteem in them. Some experts argue that it also

promotes physical aggression in children by showing them that violence is

acceptable. Punishment focuses on past behavior and does not always teach a

child the lesson that needs to be learned when making your own mistakes. My

personal experience with discipline and punishment goes from one extreme to

another. As a small child, to age nine, I was spoiled and allowed to do what I

wanted. My mother would allow me to stay out of school, stay up late and not

complete my homework whenever I whined for long enough. The Catholic School that

I went to was very strict and used physical punishment and guilt to get students

to behave in class. After my parents died, from nine to sixteen, I was

disciplined through strong physical and verbal abuse. My aunts and uncles became

so enraged at times that I was never sure what I was in trouble for. These

situations were definitely absent of a lesson learned. Needless to say, my

parental role models method of punishment was not something I chose to use as

part of parenting techniques. Instead I chose to use discipline (on most good

parenting days!) Discipline means to teach. It should be a positive way of

helping and guiding children to achieve self-control, self-esteem and

confidence. Children need discipline for many reasons some of that are

protection, to get along with others, and to understand limits. Discipline helps

children understand the logical consequences of their actions and learn common

rules that everyone must live by. It can help teach a child values that are held

by the family and community. "The purpose of discipline, then, is to teach

children acceptable behavior so that they will make wise decisions when dealing

with problems." Emotional Intelligence Interpersonal intelligence is the

ability to understand other people: what motivates them, how they work, how to

work cooperatively with them. Successful salespeople, politicians, teachers,

clinicians, and religious leaders are all likely to be individuals with high

degrees of interpersonal intelligence. Intrapersonal intelligence is a

correlative ability, turned inward. It is a capacity to form an accurate,

veridical model of oneself and to be able to use that model to operate

effectively in life. Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to an ability to

recognize the meanings of emotions, and to reason and problem solve on the basis

of them. EI involves the capacity to perceive emotions, assimilate

emotion-related feelings, understand the information of those emotions, and

manage them. EI can be assessed most directly by asking a person to solve

emotional problems, such as identifying the emotion in a story or a painting. EI

is a type of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own

and others emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use the information to

guide one’s thinking and actions (Mayer & Salovey, 1993). According to

Salovey & Mayer (1990) EI involves abilities that may be categorized into

five domains: ? Self-awareness: Observing yourself and recognizing a feeling as

it happens. ? Managing emotions: Handling feelings so that they are

appropriate; realizing what is behind a feeling; finding ways to handle fears

and anxieties, anger, and sadness. ? Motivating oneself: Channeling emotions in

the service of a goal; emotional self control; delaying gratification and

stifling impulses. ? Empathy: Sensitivity to others’ feelings and concerns and

taking their perspective; appreciating the differences in how people feel about

things. ? Handling relationships: Managing emotions in others; social

competence and social skills. Emotional intelligence does not mean giving free

rein to feelings; rather it means managing feelings so that they are expressed

appropriately and effectively, enabling people to work smoothly toward their

common goals. It is my belief that compared to IQ and expertise, emotional

intelligence matters twice as much to achieve excellence in different

professions and it is particularly central to leadership qualities. Measuring

emotions is completed through measuring all three components. A researcher may

measure one?s heart rate after that person has been told no to something the

have request. They may conduct studies to see the different facial expressions

on children when participating in the same activity. Research of the

experiential component could be concluded by self-report. A researcher may ask a

child how they feel after certain incidents. Measures that utilize all three

components, expressive, physiological and experiential can be found in some

emotional testing instruments but not all. Below is a list of some of the most

popular instruments for assessing emotions: ? Multiple Affect Adjective

Checklist-Revised – Zuckerman, Marvin and Lubin, Bernard ? Scale for Shallow

Affect – Jackson, Douglas N. and Payne, I. Reed ? Positive – Negative Affect

Scale – Bradburn, N. M. ? Emotions Profile Index – based on Plutchnik’s theory

of emotions. There are over one hundred instruments that assess depression.

Several examples are listed below. ? Beck Depression Inventory ? Beck Scale

for Suicide Ideation ? Beck Hopelessness Scale ? Hamilton Depression Rating

Scale There are over 200 anxiety instruments, many focusing on specific types of

anxieties. ? Beck Anxiety Inventory ? Taylor Manifest Anxiety Scale ? The

Anxiety Symptom Rating Scale ? Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale ? Penn State

Worry Questionnaire (PSWQ) Assessing affect has not fared as well in the

assessment field as cognition and cognitive processing. With the exception of

depression and anxiety, there are few instruments for the assessment of

affective functioning in general. Although there is controversy regarding a

widely accepted `scorecard` to measure children’s emotional intelligence,

psychologists say a parent should look for clues. Here are some signs a child

may have a low emotional IQ: ? Child is often angry. ? Child behaves

frustrated easily. ? Child withdraws into himself and isolates himself from

others. ? Child becomes violent; kicks, hits or bites. Conclusion Emotional

intelligence starts with knowing oneself; not just skills and vocational

aptitudes, but what emotional baggage a person brings to any given situation. A

person may know that X plus Y equals Z but if that person does not present

himself or herself in a positive way, they risk not getting what they want. For

example, my husband is very smart and can answer almost any type of question.

But if he is put him in a room at a social event where he must ?win people

over? and he will not be very good. On the other hand, I believe that I have

very good emotional skills. I think that is one reason I am a good leader. I

have the ability to see the bigger picture and react to each situation by

reading the other persons emotional signals. Yet in relation to IQ, I would say

I am of the average intelligence. If asked about accounting, history or other

factual related questions, I would most likely draw a blank. My sense of

self-awareness can be attributed to my involvement with a 12-step program where

I am asked to complete inventories and always look internally for answers and

responsibility. People that are emotionally intelligent tend to react positively

to a potentially troublesome situation, such as our company?s possible merger.

I may not like what is happening, but at least I will not be overwhelmed by the

situation and will take measures to make the best of it. Those that appear to be

emotionally unstable are reacting in anger and frustration without any

discussion of their feelings. Because of their unacceptable emotional behavior,

they risk promotions and their job. Emotions are complex responses to internal

or external events. Being aware of the effects of emotions on self and on others

will help a person to deal with everyday life situations

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attachment: Individual differences and their relationship to psychological well

being in adolescence. J. Youth Adolescent Bukatko, D., & Daehler, M.W.,

(1998). Child Development: a thematic approach (3rd ed.). Massachusetts:

Houghton Mifflin Company Salovey, P. & Mayer, J.D. (1990). Emotional

Intelligence: imagination, cognition, and personality, Volume 9

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