publication . Article . Other literature type . 2017

The Sudden Devotion Emotion: Kama Muta and the Cultural Practices Whose Function Is to Evoke It

Beate Seibt; Beate Seibt; Thomas Schubert; Thomas Schubert; Alan Page Fiske; Alan Page Fiske; Alan Page Fiske;
Open Access
  • Published: 13 Nov 2017 Journal: Emotion Review, volume 11, pages 74-86 (issn: 1754-0739, eissn: 1754-0747, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
When communal sharing relationships (CSRs) suddenly intensify, people experience an emotion that English speakers may label, depending on context, “moved,” “touched,” “heart-warming,” “nostalgia,” “patriotism,” or “rapture” (although sometimes people use each of these terms for other emotions). We call the emotion kama muta (Sanskrit, “moved by love”). Kama muta evokes adaptive motives to devote and commit to the CSRs that are fundamental to social life. It occurs in diverse contexts and appears to be pervasive across cultures and throughout history, while people experience it with reference to its cultural and contextual meanings. Cultures have evolved diverse ...
free text keywords: Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Social Psychology, Coevolution, Communal sharing, Cultural evolution, Love, Prosocial motives, Relational models, Self-transcendent emotions, Union, :Ciências Sociais::Psicologia [Domínio/Área Científica], Cognitive Sciences, Philosophy, Collective effervescence, Psychology, Sociocultural evolution
Funded by
FCT| UID/PSI/03125/2013
Center for Research and Social Intervention
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: 147229
  • Funding stream: 5876
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