Three Dimensions of EmotionPosted: November 14, 2007 | Author: yeeguy | Filed under: social psych | Tags: activation, emotions, power, valence | 3 Comments
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People exhibit a huge range of emotions and it can be a bewildering challenge to ascribe unique meaning to each emotional state that a person might find themselves in. A framework for analyzing emotional states can help us understand emotions by decomposing them into underlying dimensions.
Three key dimensions appear to be:
- Valence: positive vs. negative
- Activation: ready-to-act/aroused vs. relaxed
- Power: dominant vs. submissive