By James Connor
Particularly, this booklet explains loyalties: why we've got them and what they do for us and society. It additionally areas loyalty into the research of feelings equivalent to belief and disgrace. through drawing on present theories and present and historic examples this e-book sincerely establishes the elements of loyalty and its position with within the theories of emotion. also it develops the theoretical knowing of feelings by means of taking a formerly missed – but hugely topical – emotion and putting it in the theoretical viewpoint.
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Sartre (2002: 42–3) also explains the active manifestation of fear behaviour—flight and points out that flight is not a rational, logical course of action; ‘we do not take flight to reach shelter: we flee because we are unable to annihilate ourselves in unconsciousness’. Thus fleeing is the attempt of the actor to annihilate the object of tension through space and time, rather than a ‘survival’ mechanism in the evolutionary sense. The central aspect of Sartre’s emotion theory is that ‘emotion is a phenomenon of belief’ (2002: 51).
The principle of devolution (Kemper, 1984: 375–6) refers to the likelihood that emotional interactions that start well will decline in efficacy and positive effect as the interaction continues. Thus, the first time a loyalty relationship is called upon it will function in the expected, positive reciprocal way, but as it is repeatedly called upon, the outcome potentially declines with less likelihood of positive interaction. This notion of devolution is as a negative influence. It does not merely devolve; actions can enhance and re-invigorate relationships.
Even then, the experimenters will be drawing upon and using their own socialisation to construct the very world. Thus we are left with assertions backed up with dubious cross-species evolutionary evidence. This difficulty informs my methodology, as I take popular culture sources, both current and historical, as my evidence in an attempt to circumvent the difficulties of The Sociological Theories of Emotion 25 knowing when emotion occurs. I discuss these methodological issues in more detail in Chapter Four.