Emotions, Emotional Regulation and Spirituality: A Psychological Perspective
Dr Jocelyn Bryan, St John’s College, Durham
4.30-6pm, Tuesday 22 February 2011
Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, Durham
Psychologically emotions can be conceived as having a number of core components: an event, interpretation, appraisal, physiological reactivity, action potential and behavior. These components have played a significant role in the debates regarding emotion in cognitive psychology. The way we respond to events emotionally and regulate or manage this emotional response, can be argued as having a strong association with our interpretation of an event or person. Managing our behaviour and emotions is at the centre of disciplined Christian living and is related to our spirituality. This paper will explore the possible contribution of cognitive psychology in particular, to our understanding of these relationships.