Identifying the Components of Emotion

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Interpersonal Communication Activity 4

Chapter 8: Emotions – Identifying the Components of Emotion

The purpose of this activity is to identify the components of emotion. Read each of the situations described below and describe how the emotions you would experience might manifest themselves in each of the components listed. Refer to the Chapter Outline for Chapter 4 on Canvas in the Modules Section for help in defining what each component refers to. This activity is worth 8 points.

1) Incident: Your romantic partner says “I need to talk to you about something.”

Emotion: ___________________________________________________________________

Physiological changes: ________________________________________________________

Nonverbal reactions: __________________________________________________________

Cognitive interpretations: _______________________________________________________

2) Incident: You run into an “ex” while out with your new partner.

Emotion: ___________________________________________________________________

Physiological changes: ________________________________________________________

Nonverbal reactions: __________________________________________________________

Cognitive interpretations: _______________________________________________________

3) Incident: As you’re telling a story, you notice your listener stifle a yawn.

Emotion: ___________________________________________________________________

Physiological changes: ________________________________________________________

Nonverbal reactions: __________________________________________________________

Cognitive interpretations: _______________________________________________________

4) Incident: Your professor says “I’d like to see you in my office after class.”

Emotion: ___________________________________________________________________

Physiological changes: ________________________________________________________

Nonverbal reactions: __________________________________________________________

Cognitive interpretations: _______________________________________________________