How Emotions Work by Jack Katz

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Many of the ways in which we express and react to emotions make very little sense. From the tears that mark both the best and worst moments in our lives to the rages sparked by the most trivial of traffic annoyances, emotions surprise us-they lead us to act in ways contrary to our better judgment, and they always seem to lie just beyond our control. In How Emotions Work, Jack Katz observes situations ranging from a criminal's interrogation-room breakdown to a child's temper tantrum, and offers new approaches to understanding our emotions, their sources, and the behavior they lead to, all with unprecedented clarity.

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Jack Katz is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Published November 15, 1999 by University of Chicago Press. 407 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Learning that emotions are “dialectical tensions between doing and being done by interactions with others,” that “the socioaesthetic properties of laughter appear to be a universal feature of socialized competence throughout Western civilization,” or that someone’s crying is a response to a crisi...

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