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Discuss whether powerful emotions such as anger and hate are biologically or socially determined This is what we know now and we are reasonably certain that were right However as we gather more information or learn new ways to interpret these phenomena things could change and so its best not to become to attached to our theoriesUnknown When in 1884 William James asked his famous question What is an emotion he implied that the answer was not obvious Almost 150 years later in the year 2001 his implication is still valid because scientists still did not agree on a clear definition to emotions This essay will not try to come up with a clear and correct definition of what an emotion is however it will give a most general definition but discuss or at least try to do so whether emotions are biologically or socially determined Emotion as it is defined in a Dictionary of Psychology is an umbrella term for any of a number of subjectively experienced affect-laden states the ontological status of each being established by a label whose meaning is arrived at by simple consensus It is what we mean when we say that love fear anger hope are emotions Reber 1995 However the most agreed definition of emotion which does not really explain it is that emotion is a milticomponential phenomenon It may be suggested that trying to discuss the issue that does not even have a clear definition is senseless however the step to do so will be done Cornelius suggested that there are four perspectives to understanding of emotions Darwinian Jamesian cognitive and socio-constructivist Firstly lets look closer at first two perspectives because both of them can be seen as ones that support biological determination of emotions Charles Darwin is probably the most famous biologist that history ever knew He believed that emotions are biologically determined His observation on emotions
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