Sunday, December 24, 2017

Book Review: Emotions and Moods

This is a guidebook about emotions. Emotions and Moods enables us to express frustration, fear, anger, love, hate, joy, grief, and similar feelings. The prevailing thought was that such emotions were the antithesis of rationality. Even though researchers and managers knew that emotions were an inseparable part of everyday life, they tried to create organizations that were emotion-free.n was the belief that emotions of any kind are disruptive. 
Mood in fact acts as a platform for emotions, the same emotion shall be of varying intensity depending on one's mood. Different sets of emotions are examined next. Like anger, envy, fear, frustration, disappointment, embarrassment, etc., exploring into its philosophical roots identified by great men like Descartes, Hume, and Hobbes. After that is examined the biological influence on emotions, followed by cultural leanings and other environmental factors that can play a vital part in this. 
Yes, emotions and moods are an important part of our lives, especially our work lives. But how do our emotions and moods influence our job
performance and satisfaction? This is what comes next, where, a model called affective events theory (AET) is presented. One of the premier, oft repeated management term of these days, Emotional Intelligence, is thereafter discussed. And how, managers who understand the role of emotions and moods can make significant contribution in maintaining optimum efficiency at workplace of all coworkers. A couple of real life cases of emotional involvement, or workplace romance is then analyzed, bringing the short and sweet book to a close.