Book cover of Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions by Batja Mesquitaby Batja Mesquita

A pioneer of cultural psychology argues that emotions are not innate, but made as we live our lives together.

“How are you feeling today?” We may think of emotions as universal responses, felt inside, but in Between Us, acclaimed psychologist Batja Mesquita asks us to reconsider them through the lens of what they do in our relationships, both one-on-one and within larger social networks. From an outside-in perspective, readers will understand why pride in a Dutch context does not translate well to the same emotion in North Carolina, or why one’s anger at a boss does not mean the same as your anger at a partner in a close relationship. By looking outward at relationships at work, school, and home, we can better judge how our emotions will be understood, how they might change a situation, and how they change us.

Interview with the Author

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BS 199: Batja Mesquita on Cultural Origins of Emotion
8/26/22           63 min

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Decoding Emotions
9/12/22           52 min

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Batja Mesquita, “Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions” (Norton, 2022)
1/26/23          31 min

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Batja Mesquita on Finding Common Ground Through Emotional Understanding
10/3/22            32 min

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