Moods in Layers

Autor(en): Stephan, Achim 
Stichwörter: Emotion; EMOTIONS; Existential feeling; FEELINGS; Intentionality; Mood; Philosophy
Erscheinungsdatum: 2017
Herausgeber: SPRINGER
Volumen: 45
Ausgabe: 4
Startseite: 1481
Seitenende: 1495
The goal of this paper is to examine moods, mostly in comparison to emotions. Nearly all of the features that allegedly distinguish moods from emotions are disputed though. In a first section I comment on duration, intentionality, and cause in more detail, and develop intentionality as the most promising distinguishing characteristic. In a second section I will consider the huge variety of moods, ranging from shallow environmentally triggered transient moods to deep existential moods that last much longer. I will explore what their sources are, and how they impact one another, other affective processes, and our being in the world. I follow several eminent emotion researchers and try to carve out their insights, many seemingly mutually excluding each other. As it will turn out, most of them are, in fact, not excluding each other, but contribute to a layered picture of moods that fits well in between emotions and personality traits. Eventually, I will shortly discuss what we can do with our moods.
ISSN: 00483893
DOI: 10.1007/s11406-017-9841-0

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