Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions

Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions

by Batja Mesquita
Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions

Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions

by Batja Mesquita


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A Behavioral Scientist Notable Book of the Year * One of KCRW’s Best Reads of the Year * A Next Big Idea Club Top 21 Psychology Book of the Year * One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year

A pioneer of cultural psychology argues that emotions are not innate, but made as we live our lives together.

“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324074731
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/27/2024
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 651,722
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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, and director of the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Lost in Translation 1

Chapter 2 Emotions: Mine or Ours? 23

Chapter 3 To Raise Your Child 55

Chapter 4 "Right" and "Wrong" Emotions 83

Chapter 5 Being Connected and Feeling Good 111

Chapter 6 What's in a Word? 136

Chapter 7 Learning the Waltz 164

Chapter 8 Emotions in a Multicultural World 190

Afterword 213

Acknowledgments 217

Notes 221

Index 281

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