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Being moved is a positive emotion, and emotions should not be equated with their vernacular labels

  • Thomas W. Schubert (a1), Beate Seibt (a1), Janis H. Zickfeld (a1), Johanna K. Blomster (a1) and Alan P. Fiske (a2)...


As evidence for the second process of the Embracing factor, the target article characterizes being moved as a mixed emotion linked to sadness through metonymy. We question these characterizations and argue that emotions should not be equated with their vernacular labels.



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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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