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Adaptable Nature of Emotions

3. What is your opinion of the principle of the adaptable nature of emotions? First define this principle and then give opinion on whether or not it is true.

4. Chose one categorical theory of emotion and one dimensional theory and compare.

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3. What is your opinion of the principle of the adaptable nature of emotions? First define this principle and then give opinion on whether or not it is true.

There are two positions to consider in defining the adaptable nature of emotions:

Position 1
· Emotion is primitive, maladaptive brain function
. As we evolve, emotions recede and "cold" cognition become more important
. Eventually we'll evolve to become more like Vulcans

Position 2
· Emotion is functionally adaptive brain function
. Emotion is an adaptive form of cognition in addition to "cold" cognition
. As we evolved to become more complex creatures, our emotions became more complex as well. http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~psyc362/lecturenotes/lec18-outline.rtf

Position 2 seems to be more in line with my experiences and probably many other people's experiences as well. For example, emotion seems to an adaptive form of cognition, since we can adapt to certain stimuli to get a different emotional response. This happens is phobias for example. As a case in point, let's consider someone who has developed a phobic fear of clowns. Through systematic desensitization process, the fear response to clowns ...

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By definition and discussion, this solution discusses the principle of the adaptable nature of emotions. It also assists in comparing one categorical theory of emotion and one dimensional theory. References and other links are also provided.

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