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A Theory of Emotions Part One: Boys Don’t Cry (But Maybe they Should)

By Jason Bauche, Registered Psychologist Originally published by Eckert Centre in 2009: minor revisions made in 2017 Emotions are a universal human experience. By six months of age, infants are capable of expressing several “basic” emotions, and when adults from divergent cultures are asked to identify the emotions depicted by various facial expressions, there is a striking correlation among their evaluations (Emde, Izard, Huebner, Sorce, & Klinnert, 1985). From an “adaptive” or change model, things common to “all” humans are adaptive and function to promote survival. Following this reasoning, emotions, too, are...
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