Emotional traits: Emotional life of your brain: Richard Davidson

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Katsushika Hokusai (Japan, 1760-1849)
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An emotional trait (chronic, just-about-to-boil-over anger) increases the likelihood that you will experience a particular emotional state (fury) because it lowers the threshold needed to feel such an emotional state.
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Emotional Style is a consistent way of responding to the experiences of our lives.
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It is governed by specific, identifiable brain circuits and can be measured using objective laboratory methods.
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Emotional Style influences the likelihood of feeling particular emotional states, traits, and moods.
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Because Emotional Styles are much closer to underlying brain systems than emotional states or traits, they can be considered the atoms of our emotional lives—their fundamental building blocks.
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In contrast, personality, a more familiar way of describing people, is neither fundamental in this sense nor grounded in identifiable neurological mechanisms.
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Personality consists of a set of high-level qualities that comprise particular emotional traits and Emotional Styles.
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