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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)...

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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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