An argument for basic emotions

Emotions are viewed as having evolved through their adaptive value in dealing with fundamental life-tasks

Paul Ekman

2008

Key concepts

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  • Emotions are viewed as having evolved through their adaptive value in dealing with fundamental life-tasks
  • Each emotion has characteristics in common with other emotions: rapid onset, short duration, unbidden occurrence, automatic appraisal, and coherence among responses. These shared and unique characteristics are the product of our evolution, and distinguish emotions from other affective phenomena
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