Emotions And Feelings (Cont.7)

4. It is beyond us (can cause awe, wonder, confusion, interest, curiosity, surprise)

    a) awe is felt from a sense of wonder or feeling overwhelmed by something that is almost incomprehensible to your everyday lives; antidote against boredom and disenchantments; usually experienced in response to nature, art, music, spiritual experiences, ideas, etc; encourages people to cooperate, share resources, sacrifice for others, etc; results in a greater appreciation of others and humility; a powerful basis of personal change and growth

"...Inspires the wish to let shine, to acknowledge and to unite. When feeling awe, tend to simply stand back and observe, to provide a stage for the phenomena to shine..."
Ulrich Weger et al as quoted by
Brené Brown, 2021

    b) wonder inspires the wish to understand; fuels your passion for exploration, learning, curiosity, adventure, etc; linked with awe

    c) confusion is classified as a epistemic emotion that can feel uncomfortable; it is an emotion critical to knowledge acquisition and learning; it has the potential to motivate, lead to deeper learning and trigger problem-solving; encourages careful deliberation to develop a solution and evaluate your problem-solving and decision-making; confusion can be caused by new information that challenges your thinking and approach (sometimes we ignore new information to avoid confusion or facing the risk of being wrong); effective learning can feel uncomfortable as it can be challenging; too much confusion can lead to frustration, giving up, disengagement, or even boredom

    d) interest is a state; it's not who you are but how you are at a specific time; more about thinking than feeling

    e) curiosity is part of meaning-making; linked with creativity, intelligence, improved learning, memory, problem-solving, etc; important component of leadership; curiosity is linked with being vulnerable and surrendering to uncertainty as you ask questions, admit your ignorance, make discoveries that are discomfortable, upset the status quo, etc; it is both a trait and a state; involves feeling (emotions) and thinking (cognition); you need to have a basic knowledge or awareness of the topic before you can become curious. It is more than asking questions: it creates opportunities for exposure to new ideas and experiences; it demonstrates a gap in your knowledge about something that interests you and uses exploration and learning to close the gap; this gap can create a feeling of deprivation

 "...there is a thinking challenge and an emotional experience of satisfaction or potential satisfaction in closing the gap..."
Brené Brown, 2021

"...Curiosity often starts with interest and can range from mild curiosity to passionate investigation......Curiosity and knowledge building grow together - the more we know, the more we want to know..."
Brené Brown, 2021

Too much curiosity can cause problems and as a result

"...we turn to self-protection - choosing certainty over curiosity, armour over vulnerability, knowing over learning..."
Brené Brown, 2021

     f) surprise is an interruption caused by information that challenges current understandings or expectations; like a bridge between cognition and emotion; results in revaluations; it is a short-duration emotion; surprise amplifies subsequent emotion; surprising is a very powerful emotion, eg

"...Surprising news is more likely to be shared, surprising advertisements are more likely to be noticed, and people are more likely to return to a restaurant that was surprisingly better than expected..."
Brené Brown, 2021

Surprise is linked with unexpectedness; the latter has a more cognitive quality than surprise.


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