Language of Emotions, with a Focus on Shame to Be Defeated: The Flower of Emotions and Their Role in a Post-contemporary Society

  • Maria Giulia Marini


Emotions are debated daily in scientific and social literature, social media and media in general. In the narrative turn, described by John Launer (2007) in our postmodern age, emotions are playing a dominant role. This is illustrated in Inside Out, a movie produced by Disney Pixar in 2015, which aimed at familiarising young children, teenagers, parents and relatives regarding the functioning and importance of emotions beyond our ‘decision free will’ based on reason (Dacher and Paul 2015). The main characters are five emotions, joy, sadness, disgust, anger and fear that live in the minds (somewhere in imaginary control stations) of a family who recently moved from Minnesota to San Francisco. In this family, the adventures of Riley, a girl aged 11 years, in coping with the difficulty of the new environment are demonstrated. Inside Out had the expert input of the psychologist Dacher Keltner, Berkeley University, California, who says that emotions are really critical as to how we look at the world—our perception, our attention, our memories and our judgement.

Keywords of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage

Feel Bad You Others People say bad body See bad part of body Move Look A kind bad Move To feel good Feel good part of body Feel good inside the body 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Giulia Marini
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  1. 1.Department of Healthcare InnovationFondazione ISTUDMilanItaly

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