Experiencing and Expressing Emotions
1. What do the key features of emotional experience tell you about the complexity of emotional experience? Which of the five features is most insightful in helping you analyze how you managed a recent emotional experience?
2. Using emoticons in mediated communication, such as text messaging and e-mail, has become commonplace. Why do people use them? Why not just say what you really feel? What happens when the receiver doesn?t understand the emoticon?.
3. In what ways do you think a person?s family affects how that person?s feelings are managed and expressed? What examples can you provide?
. What is the significance of distinguishing between mood and emotion? What steps do you ordinarily take to cope with a bad mood?
2. Sometimes people describe having ?mixed emotions? about a situation or decision. What exactly does that mean? What concepts from the chapter are helpful in understanding this idea of ?mixed emotions??
3. Emotion-sharing is an important part of our communication with others. Your textbook presents research to suggest that between 75 and 95 percent of our emotional experiences are shared with at least one other person. With whom are you most likely to share your emotions? How does such sharing benefit you? What risks come with such sharing?
1. What are display rules? Do the rules differ for men and women? What are some examples of display rules with respect to the following:
a. You hear bad news from your boss.
b. You receive a gift that you do not like.
c. You are served a distasteful dish at a formal dinner.
2. One way to manage emotions is to suppress them. What types of emotions are you likely to suppress? Why do you think this is? Are there any limits as to how long you should suppress your emotions?
3. Emotional intelligence is the ability to interpret emotions accurately and to use this information to manage emotions, communicate them competently, and solve relationship problems. Provide a recent example where you believe you displayed emotional intelligence. Then provide some examples of situations involving well-known people who, in your opinion, have not displayed emotional intelligence.
1. Consider a situation in which you were given an unsatisfactory review for your performance in a job, a sports activity, or a course assignment. How would reappraisal help you manage debilitative emotions?
2. Do you agree that passionate feelings in relationships diminish over time? What steps can couples take to reignite passion?
3. Dealing with a person?s distress or grief over a romantic breakup can be difficult. What are some examples of ineffective support communication people use during these times? Conversely, what are some examples of effective supportive communication people can use during these times?
Recall from Chapter 1, Introducing Interpersonal Communication, that interpersonal communication conveys both content and relationship information (pp. 14-16).
Recall from Chapter 2, Considering Self, that the content and relationship information we receive from other people influences the way we perceive our selves (self-concept, p. 40; looking-glass self, p. 41) and value our selves (self-esteem, pp. 41-42).
Recall from Chapter 3, Perceiving Others, that we organize series of events (punctuation, p. 77) to form impressions of people (interpretation, p. 78). The impressions we create of these people depend upon our own attitudes, beliefs, and values as well as upon whatever limited amount of information we receive from them (Discussion Board 3).
Along with attitudes, beliefs, and values, emotions also affect the impressions we make of people and they make of us.
Things we talk about every day, in the hallway between classes with colleagues and around the supper table with family (American Beauty dinner scenes) and on Facebook or Snapchat with friends, are all loaded with emotions, feelings, and moods. Sometimes our conversations may display anger and the anger tinges what we say and how we say it (moods, p. 114). Sometimes it’s hard to interpret whether it’s to the content or to the relationship that the anger is a reaction.
Using the stories in the video below as examples, answer these questions:
1. How has someone else’s anger affected your self-esteem? How did it affect your impression of them?
2. How do you think your anger has affected someone else’s impression of you?
Post your comments to the Discussion Board. Respond to the original posts of at least three of your classmates.
? Use an informal tone, observing conventions of good grammar and spelling.
? Your original post must be a minimum of 300 words in length.
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