January 2012 Archives

Chapter 11: Emotion and Motivation by Jacob Panzer

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While scanning the tables of contents, I was hoping to find a chapter title that would grab me by the shirt and yank me right in. Emotion and Motivation was the one that really caught my eye, and at first I didn't know why. Then it occurred to me; I relate. Ever since coming to college these two human aspects have played an incredibly large role in my life, and I was curious to know why.
To summarize, this chapter discusses "what moves us." It tells of the different theories of emotion that cause our feelings, the nonverbal expressions and why they were "created," the science behind happiness and self esteem, how our wants and needs drive our motivation, and delves into a few of the worlds greatest issues: attraction, love, and hate.
What I found most interesting (and which you may think is sappy) was the section regarding love and attraction. The thing is, again, I relate. Since June of last summer, I have been in a long-distance relationship with my girlfriend who goes to USAFA. While reading this section, it amazed me how "true" it all sounded. It split love into three different categories: intimacy, passion, and commitment. I think that's what I like so much about psychology, is the way that it takes everyday occurrences and describes them in ways that we can all understand and try to relate to. As you can see, I enjoy being able to "relate" to things!

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