PSYC3060 Unit 1 & 2 Discussion Part 2

PSYC3060 Unit 1 & 2 Discussion Part 2

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  • That was interesting. Do you know anything else?
  • I do! There are also the concepts of pleasure and positive experiences/positive emotions.
  • Oh yeah? What do you know about them?
  • Well, pleasure has to do with describing "the broad class of mental states that is experienced as positive, enjoyable, satisfying, gratifying and thus worth seeking" (UWI Open Campus, 2018, p. 17). 
  • Pleasure has to do with subjective feelings and it is felt and conveyed in many different ways. It "can be intense, aroused, and sharp in which case it is called joy or ecstasy [and it also] can be quiet, mellow, and diffuse at which time it is called contentment or serenity"(Peterson, 2006 as cited in UWI Open Campus, 2018, p. 17).
  • Positive experiences are emotions that lack negativity. For example, "joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, amusement, hope, pride, inspiration, awe, and love" (UWI Open Campus, 2018, p. 22).  
  • Positive experiences and affectivity are both concepts that are related to emotions. According to Peterson (2006 as cited in UWI Open Campus, 2018, p. 22), "Emotions are psychological states, defined by subjective feelings and characteristic patterns of physiological arousal, thoughts and behaviours; they are more prolonged than fleeting sensations" related to pleasure.
  • Affectivity is "the extent to which someone experiences positive or negative moods" (UWI Open Campus, 2018, p. 23). "Feelings such as joy and contentment and sadness or fear" (Peterson, 2006; Hefferon & Boniwell, 2011 as cited in UWI Open Campus, 2018, p. 24).
  • All of this information was quite interesting and informative. Thank you for informing me about the history of positive psychology as well as concepts related to pleasure and positive experiences.
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