Podcast Episode 15: Surprise

October 16, 2017

Surprise is an individual’s psychological and emotional response to experience that does not align with that individual’s paradigm and expectations. It is the sense of astonishment, wonder, or amazement that is caused by something sudden or unexpected. The experience of surprise varies with the importance of the outcome, as well as beliefs about the outcome. 

Jake explains how the concept of surprise is relevant to many aspects of human behavior. It also affects beliefs about other events. When a person takes an unexpected stance that violates his or her self-interest, the person’s arguments are surprising and quite often more persuasive.

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Podcast Episode 14: Contempt

October 9, 2017

In this episode Jake discusses the emotion of Contempt. Contempt is an emotion felt towards others that puts the person in an inferior, lower status position. The other person is regarded as being less in some way that the person feeling contempt considers important.

Empathy and contempt are polar opposites.  Empathy involves caring about others feelings and concerns.  Contempt is arrogance, "I know best", disregard, dismissal and no regard of other’s concerns.  Empathy nurtures relationship bonds; contempt invites relationship problems.

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Podcast Episode 13: Interest

October 2, 2017

In this episode Jake discusses the emotion of Interest where the emotion of interest is as essential to intellectual development as exercise is to physical development. The emotion of interest is continually present in the normal mind under normal conditions, and it is the central motivation for engagement in creative and constructive endeavors and for the sense of well-being. Interest and its interaction with other emotions account for selective attention, which in turn influences all other mental processes.  Embeddedness affects may occur in depressed adults who loses interest in the surrounding world. Activity affects are characterized by zestfulness, interested feeling tones, and positive tension, these activity affects appear in the attentive looking of an infant and in the creative activities of adults. Interest, is an attitude rather than an effect.

For more information on Carroll E. Izard, Human Emotions have a look at https://books.google.com/books?id=DYoHCAAAQBAJ&lpg=PA1&ots=HxNf3ZBJ9s&dq=interest%20emotion%20mental%20health%20carroll%20izard&lr&pg=PA39#v=onepage&q=interest%20emotion%20mental%20health%20carroll%20izard&f=false

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Podcast Episode 12: Disgust

September 25, 2017

Traditionally as an adaptive function, disgust has served for disease avoidance. In other words: to keep us healthy and to keep us from getting ill. Our feeling of disgust works incredibly well for us to tell us to avoid, for example, faeces, rotting meat, or parasitic infected food.

If we have a "disgust" response to something, typically it's associated with fear. However, fear and disgust are very separate and unique emotional functions within the limbic system and they definitely result in different facial expressions. For example if you're experiencing fear, your eyes might go wide, and your heart rate may either increase or decrease. Disgust on the other hand may result in a bit of a lip curl, or a feeling in the pit of your stomach that says "don't go near that or you might get ill!".

Link to study: http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/366/1583/3478


Podcast Episode 11: Listeners Mail

September 18, 2017

In this episode Jake will be replying to some of our listeners questions that have been sent in. Thank you to those who have emailed us with questions and topic ideas for the show. We hope to get through all the mail and answer all your questions. We will be doing more listeners mail podcast to get you all involved. Enjoy!


Podcast Episode 10: Joy

September 11, 2017

Jake discusses the emotion of Joy in this episode. Happiness is a blurred emotion. It can mean different things to many people. Most of us will agree that happiness is an emotional state of well-being defined by positive feelings ranging from contentment to intense joy.


Podcast Episode 9: Anger

September 4, 2017

Jake discusses the emotion of Anger in this episode. Anger is an emotion that everyone has experienced. Something or someone has made you frustrated, infuriated, irritated, annoyed or just plain angry. This episode aims to illustrate the significant role that anger contributes to motivation and if your motivation is not to make change, then you might need to let go of your anger because anger should always serve an intentional purpose.


Podcast Episode 8: Fear

August 29, 2017

Jake discusses the emotion of fear in this episode. What is the adaptive function of fear? What does fear tell us is going on in our environment? In brief, fear tells us that there’s a threat or a danger present. It’s probably safe to assume that compared with our ancestors, in this day and age we have little to fear in our day-to-day lives. Why then in places like the US, Europe, and Australia is there a reported general increase in overall anxiety? Jake discusses fear (both rational fear and irrational fear) and anxiety further and talks about how the two are related.


Podcast Episode 7: Shame / Guilt Part II

August 21, 2017

Part 2 discusses potentially unhealthy cycles of shame and guilt. We encourage you to think of instances in your life where you may be requiring deed based performances from people in order for you to extend forgiveness, and ask yourself are these deeds really necessary for you to forgive them? Similar to respect and trust, it is up to us to extend these to people. Is it really necessary for us to require people to ‘earn’ these things from us with an arbitrary deed? On the flip side, maybe you think certain people in your life are requiring too much from you. Jake gives everyday examples of where this may occur and delves deeper into forgiveness and the emotions of shame and guilt.


Podcast Episode 6: Shame / Guilt Part I

August 14, 2017

This is a 2 episode podcast on the emotions of shame and guilt, as these two emotions are closely related. In brief, shame tells us that we failed to meet someone else's expectations, and guilt tells us to make a repair for failing to meet those expectations. This episode is the second episode to cover one of the 10 discrete emotions, originally reported on by the psychologist Carroll Izard. (Author of the "Psychology of Emotions"). Jake covered the first, "sadness", in the last episode (episode 5).