chapter  5
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Appraisals, Emotions, and Adaptation: Phoebe C. Ellsworth

Acentury ago emotion was regarded as quite separate from cognition-hotter, more primitive, and generally maladaptive. Reason and reflectionwere considered higher faculties, faculties that distinguished humans from other species, and that were more fully developed in civilized white men than in women, children, mental patients, and members of so-called “primitive cultures.” The assumption was that we evolved, both phylogenetically and ontogenetically, away from emotion and toward rational thought.