Emotions: as hard to predict as the weather

Emotions: as hard to predict as the weather

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Emotions: as hard to predict as the weather
Emotions: as hard to predict as the weather

What if it turns out that we don’t know much what about what others are feeling now or what they will feel in the future? Thanks to the groundbreaking work and theory developed by psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, who presented at our 2019 conference, we are learning that emotions (akin to the weather) are constructed anew in every moment by our brains predictions, not triggered by what’s happening or fitting into consistent categories like anger, fear, or sadness. Further, by naming others’ emotions, we can disrupt their own experience of emerging emotions and the meaning the emotions convey.

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