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The Emotional Repertoire

Darwin so liked to describe what he observed in minute detail that he could never have been content to reduce the emotional expressions to a few traits or a few basic emotions. What he includes in his list of emotional expressions is, at the same time, varied to the extreme and heterogeneous. Here is the list of the expressive traits and the emotions identified in the chapter headings of Darwin’s my yoga blog (the numbers correspond to the chapters):67

(III) General principles of expression. The principle of the direct action of the excited nervous system on the body, independently of the will and in part of habit Change of colour in the hair Trembling of the muscles Modified secretions Perspiration Expression of extreme pain Of rage, great joy, and terror Contrast between the emotions which cause and do not cause expressive movements Exciting and depressing states of the mind.

(IV) Means of expression in animals. The emission of sounds Vocalsounds Sounds otherwise produced Erection of the dermal appendages, hairs, feathers, &c, under the emotions of anger and terror The drawing back of the ears as a preparation for fighting, and as an expression of anger Erection of the ears and raising the head, a sign of attention.

(V) Special expressions of animals. The Dog, various expressive movements of Cats Horses Ruminants Monkeys, their expression of joy and affection Of Pain Anger Astonishment and Terror

(VI) The screaming and weeping of infants Form of features Age at which weeping commences The effects of habitual restraint on weeping Sobbing Cause of the contraction of the muscles round the eyes during screaming Cause of the secretion of tears.

(VII) General effect of grief on the system Obliquity of the eyebrows under suffering On the cause of the obliquity of the eyebrows On the depression of the corners of the mouth.

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