By John Cromby
Earlier than we're the rest, we're feeling our bodies. in truth, emotions are an enormous a part of each event we ever have. This publication explains what emotions are, describes their dating with different mental phenomena, and exhibits how their research transforms understandings of a few key issues relating to well-being and disorder.
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4 Their identiﬁcation is therefore compatible with Langer’s claim that the body’s many interlocking, mutually regulating processes (neural, vascular, hormonal, physiological, autonomic, sensory, gustatory, kinaesthetic and more) place it constantly in ﬂux and that combinations of processes may cross a threshold, beyond which the body enters the phase of being felt. Langer notes that this threshold is somewhat mobile, a product of other processes and of ﬂuctuating environmental impingements. A hand plunged into lukewarm water might feel intense heat if ﬁrst immersed in ice.
None of this is to say that feelings associated with bereavement are meaningless, but to observe that their meaning is not a function of anything they represent: it is a function of what they do, the potentials they realise and the changes they instantiate. Instead of representing the relationship we previously had with our loved one, feelings of shock, grief and sadness are lived elements within its profound transformation by their death. Their meanings arise in and of the lived moments of our bereavement and are fully sensible only as components within it (Cromby & Phillips, 2014).
Stern’s terminology adds useful nuance to Langer’s characterisation of arcs of feeling in terms of gradients and rhythms. So feelings can be categorised as arising primarily from external forces or impacts, or from internal events or autogenic processes. They can also be categorised as emotional or extra-emotional, and as feelings of knowing. Cutting across these categories, feelings have qualities such as location, intensity, valence, duration and texture. But they also have other important features, associated with their rates of velocity and acceleration and with their a-representational and immediate status.