Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions

Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions

By Batja Mesquita

Featured in Behavioral Scientist 's Summer Book List 2022 A pioneer of cultural psychology argues that emotions are not innate, but made as we live our lives together.


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Book Information

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 07/19/2022
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 9781324002444
ISBN-10: 1324002441
Language: English

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July 31, 2023

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"How are you feeling today?" We may think of emotions as universal responses, felt inside, but in Between Us, acclaimed psychologist Batja Mesquita asks us to reconsider them through the lens of what they do in our relationships, both one-on-one and within larger social networks. From an outside-in perspective, readers will understand why pride in a Dutch context does not translate well to the same emotion in North Carolina, or why one's anger at a boss does not mean the same as your anger at a partner in a close relationship. By looking outward at relationships at work, school, and home, we can better judge how our emotions will be understood, how they might change a situation, and how they change us.

Brilliantly synthesizing original psychological studies and stories from peoples across time and geography, Between Us skillfully argues that acknowledging differences in emotions allows us to find common ground, humanizing and humbling us all for the better.

About the Author

Batja Mesquita is a social psychologist, an affective scientist, and a pioneer of cultural psychology. She is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium, where she studies the role of culture in emotions, and of emotions in culture and society.

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