Seduction and Surprise: Discovering Invisible Emotions for Commitments

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Abstract

The chapter explores the meaning of seduction from a situated approach to emotions by tracing the way surprise uncovers emotional traits that enable commitment. The adoption of a Situated Approach reveals how emotions are intrinsically tied to the situations from which they arise and the crucial role of surprise. The emotion of surprise is central for the value of experience because it amplifies other emotions as well as other traits, and details of the lived situations fixing the meaning of the lived experience. The examination of how various emotions belong to the family of surprise further explains the established differences between persuasion, manipulation and seduction. Ultimately the chapter shows that seduction asks for the recognition of various layers of emotional reality, and how they are made visible by the way in which seduction establishes commitments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSeduction in Popular Culture, Psychologly, and Philosophy
EditorsConstantino Pereira Martins , Manuel José Damásio
Place of PublicationHershey
PublisherIGI Global
Pages188-205
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781522505259
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Mendonça, D. (2016). Seduction and Surprise: Discovering Invisible Emotions for Commitments. In C. Pereira Martins , & M. José Damásio (Eds.), Seduction in Popular Culture, Psychologly, and Philosophy (pp. 188-205). IGI Global.