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Description: There are a broad array of human emotions. Think of how many basic emotions you can name. Now, a harder question: Are there feelings or emotions that are hard to name or that, while we know them when we feel them or when we see them being experienced by others, we cannot come up with a name? Have you heard of kama muta? I bet not. Read the article linked below to find out what it is (you WILL recognize the patterns or feelings/emotions associated with it).

Source: The Experience of Being Emotionally Moved, Andy Tix, The Pursuit of Peace, Psychology Today.

Date: April 11, 2019

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So now you have a name for that emotion, the warmhearted, soulfelt, goosebumps and tear generating feeling of kama muta and there is even a research lad dedicated to studying just it (see link below in the references section). If there ever was a part of the human experience worthy or “further research” it is certainly kama muta for its grounding in a basic humanity of social connection. I would be interested in participating in that line of research. Oh and the wild thing in the title of this post? Well, it is from a song of that name by the Troggs which contains the line “You move me.”

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What is kama muta?
  2. Why might studying kama muta more closely be a good idea?
  3. If you were going to take up the study of kama muta what would be several things (images, movie clips, stories etc.) you could use to generate the emotion and what sorts of things would the stimuli have in common?

References (Read Further):

Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B., Blomster, J. K., Arriaga, P., Basabe, N., … & Ding, Y. (2018). Kama muta: Conceptualizing and measuring the experience often labelled being moved across 19 nations and 15 languages. Emotion.

Steinnes, K. K., Blomster, J. K., Seibt, B., Zickfeld, J. H., & Fiske, A. P. (2019). Too Cute for Words: Cuteness Evokes the Heartwarming Emotion of Kama Muta. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 387.

Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B., & Fiske, A. P. replicate the authoritative document published in Emotion Review at.

Website of the Kama Muta Lab

Fiske, A. P., Seibt, B., & Schubert, T. (2019). The sudden devotion emotion: Kama muta and the cultural practices whose function is to evoke it. Emotion Review, 11(1), 74-86.

Seibt, B., Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J. H., Zhu, L., Arriaga, P., Simão, C., … & Fiske, A. P. (2018). Kama Muta: Similar Emotional Responses to Touching Videos Across the United States, Norway, China, Israel, and Portugal. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(3), 418-435.

Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J. H., Seibt, B., & Fiske, A. P. (2018). Moment-to-moment changes in feeling moved match changes in closeness, tears, goosebumps, and warmth: Time series analyses. Cognition and Emotion, 32(1), 174-184.