publication . Article . 2017

Interpersonal closeness and morality predict feelings of being moved

Beate Seibt; Janis Zickfeld; Alan Page Fiske; Thomas Schubert;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Apr 2017
Author(s): Seibt, Beate; Schubert, Thomas W; Zickfeld, Janis H; Fiske, Alan Page | Abstract: The emotion commonly labeled in English as being moved or touched is widely experienced but only tacitly defined, and has received little systematic attention. Based on a review of conceptualizations from various disciplines, we hypothesize that events appraised as an increase in interpersonal closeness, or as moral acts, when sufficiently intense, elicit a positive emotion typically labeled "being moved," and characterized by tears, goosebumps, and a feeling of warmth in the chest. We predicted this to be true for events a person participates in, as well as for events t...
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free text keywords: Appraisal, Tears, Emotion, Goosebumps, Being moved, :Ciências Sociais::Psicologia [Domínio/Área Científica], Humans, Emotions, Interpersonal Relations, Morals, Adult, Aged, Middle Aged, United States, Norway, Female, Male, Young Adult, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, Anxiety, medicine.symptom, medicine, Crying, Social psychology, Cognitive appraisal, Closeness, Feeling, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Developmental psychology, Sadness, Happiness, Interpersonal relationship, Psychology
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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