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Emotional awareness, rational action, and self-knowledge

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This talk examines the role of emotion experience in both rational action and self-knowledge. A key distinction is made between emotion experiences of which we are unaware, and those of which we are aware. The former motivate action and colour our view of the world, but they do not do so in a rational way, and their nonreflective nature obscures self-understanding. I provide arguments and evidence to support the view that emotion experiences contribute to rational action only if one is appropriately aware of them (because only then does one have the capacity to decouple emotions from driving one’s actions). Furthermore, it is argued that awareness of emotion increases self-knowledge because it is a source of information about our biases.

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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