A New Way To Look At Emotions
NPR - 08/07/2015
When I was a kid, I noticed that sometimes fear and anticipation felt the same way.
I’d get butterflies, a kind of queasiness in the stomach. To figure out what I was feeling, I came to realize, what was needed was not introspection, but attention to the context.
According to Lisa Feldman Barrett, who directs the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory at Northeastern University, and who has just published a smart and informative essay on the topic in The New York Times, I was actually on to something.