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Feelings: The Perception of Self

James D. Laird


Feelings argues for the counter-intuitive idea that feelings do not cause behavior, but rather follow from behavior, and are, in fact, the way that we know about our own bodily states and behaviors. This point of view, often associated with William James, is called self-perception theory. Self-perception theory can be empirically tested by manipulating bodily states and behaviors in order to see if the corresponding feelings are produced. This volume presents hundreds of studies, all demonstrating that feelings do indeed follow from behavior. Behaviors that have been manipulated i ... More

Keywords: feelings, behavior, bodily states, self-perception theory, facial expressions, emotion, autonomic arousal, actions, gaze, postures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195098891
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James D. Laird, author
Clark University