chapter  8
How Do Emotions Move Us?: Embodied and Disembodied Influences of Affect and Emotions on Social Thinking and Interpersonal Behavior
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W e live in an emotional world. From the very beginning of life, babies either smile or they cry-there is rarely a “neutral” moment in their life. And those parents, whose babies are emotionally flat, have good reasons to worry. Most parents, who have been waiting for their child to mature into a stoic, must give up hope or face frustration themselves. In the adult world, lovers flirt, colleagues scorn, students brownnose, and bosses frown. To be able to navigate the world we must be able to tell when somebody is having a bad day, when someone is trying to affiliate with us, or when something you say or do “rubs another the wrong way,” even in the absence of explicit verbal feedback. Even domains that could certainly use some dispassionate reasoning, such as politics or the law, are imbued with emotion (see also Forgas; Waenke et al., this volume). Thus, voters are either enthusiastic and hopeful about political candidates or afraid and disgusted by them. In fact, there is probably not a single “awake” U.S.