Why We Act

The most popular emotion

In another life, I taught Psych 1 section to freshmen. I’d open each discussion session with an open-ended question to whet their curiosity about the day’s subject. Following a lecture on emotion, I posed this question to the class:

If you could get rid of any emotion, what would it be?

Can you guess the most popular answer in the group? The nearly unanimous response?

Take a few moments to think.

The emotion they wanted to snuff out, by miracle or by pill, was jealousy.

The voice that whispers you are not enough.