Tears and gratitude

Expressing and receiving gratitude emphasises the communal bonds between the one who thanks and the one who is thanked. It’s power is even enhanced when one sees other people joining in. Three wonderful examples from this week: First, Joe Biden tears up when Obama surprises him with the Medal of Freedom. He even has turn […]

President Obama talks about when he tears up

President Barack Obama, interviewed by David Axelrod in the podcast The Axe Files, December 2016, Ep. 108 “There are two things that can get me teary. One is talking about my daughters or seeing my daughters. And the second is my team. You remember after 2012, when I went over to the campaign office and […]

ICPS Symposium: Moving Across Disciplines — Conceptualizing Feelings of Being Moved

At the International Convention on Psychological Science in Vienna, March 23-25 2017, we’ve organized a symposium exploring being moved from aesthetic, moral, cultural, clinical, and social relational perspectives. The four presentations will offer competing hypotheses on the elicitors, experience and consequences of being moved: Mary Beth Oliver, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Meaningful Affect, Meaningful Media: […]