If you had the choice, would you rather live with the full array of emotions you have now – the good, the bad, and the ugly – or get rid of your emotions entirely? Western culture has long had a love-hate relationship with emotion. Why do we have emotions? Do they serve a purpose beyond (sometimes) making us do stupid, irrational things? How can we manage emotions in a healthy way, so they enrich our lives rather than controlling us?
Michelle “Lani” Shiota, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, and an expert in affective science. Join us to hear about research on the important functions emotions serve in our lives, and how we can regulate emotions in healthy ways.