Solving the Emotion Paradox: Categorization and the Experience of Emotion

  title={Solving the Emotion Paradox: Categorization and the Experience of Emotion},
  author={Lisa Feldman Barrett},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={20 - 46}
  • L. F. Barrett
  • Published 1 February 2006
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Review
In this article, I introduce an emotion paradox: People believe that they know an emotion when they see it, and as a consequence assume that emotions are discrete events that can be recognized with some degree of accuracy, but scientists have yet to produce a set of clear and consistent criteria for indicating when an emotion is present and when it is not. I propose one solution to this paradox: People experience an emotion when they conceptualize an instance of affective feeling. In this view… 

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