ABSTRACT

The current interest in the emotions is as widespread as it is interdisciplinary.1 From the cognitive and natural sciences to the humanities and social sciences, there is hardly a field of study that is not being invigorated or at least affected by ongoing research into the emotions. The number of new studies published each year in all disciplines is almost mind-boggling, and this research has created renewed interest in how different cultures and previous generations have viewed the emotions and their various manifestations.2 The reprinting in 1998 of Charles Darwin’s pioneering The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, first published in 1872, is but one instance of contemporary interest in earlier investigations and theories.3