SOC344 2018 Tut5 – Batemans Bay

We all know what its like to feel the wrong thing at the wrong time. Boredom when you’re meant to be interested (or at least look interested) in that lecture, anxiety when you’re meant to be happy with friends, tiredness when you’re playing with children, and frustration and stress at work. We all know what it means to feel the wrong thing, and then have to pretend – or display – a different feeling, or even somehow make ourselves feel something altogether different. We call this ‘emotion management.’

But how do we manage our emotions? When should we manage them? Should we always try to think happy thoughts – is sadness just bad and troublesome? Or are there social rules about how and when we should do this? Arlie Hochschild suggests that society has ‘feeling rules’ about how we are allowed to feel in given situations – particularly at work – and that these rules impact differently on men and women, with women still doing the bulk of the ‘emotional labour’ involved in care jobs in most countries.

Do you manage your emotions most of the time at work? Or in other areas of life? Does your gender affect this?

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3 Comments on SOC344 2018 Tut5 – Batemans Bay

Michelle Claude said : Guest Report 8 months ago

Managing emotions today can vary according to the environment which people are in. For example, 80 years ago my grandparents would not have been capable of showing emotions as freely as what people do in society today. This would contribute to the roles that they played or were allowed to play in society at that time. Today, there are a lot more roles in society and therefore people are able to choose many different characters with many different emotions that are acceptable. Although men are still generally restricted to what is acceptable behaviour with showing emotions in society, there are more roles available to them than what there have been in Australian history. However, I would like to specifically discuss emotions in the work place. At work, the major emotion that I find myself feeling is anxiety. This emotion fluctuates according to my productivity, as it is results affected. Therefore, if I am not productive I suffer anxiety, this is a complex emotion that I would not be so effected by if there was no need to be productive at work in society today. I do not believe that I am the only person that suffers from anxiety in the work place according to productivity. Although it is interesting that, in order to be productive a person cannot show anxiety when completing a task and therefore it is extremely important to manage this emotion within the work environment. #S344UOW18 #Tut5 #BBay

Michelle Claude said : Guest Report 8 months ago

Managing emotions today can vary according to the environment which people are in. For example, 80 years ago my grandparents would not have been capable of showing emotions as freely as what people do in society today. This would contribute to the roles that they played or were allowed to play in society at that time. Today, there are a lot more roles in society and therefore people are able to choose many different characters with many different emotions that are acceptable. Although men are still generally restricted to what is acceptable behaviour with showing emotions in society, there are more roles available to them than what there have been in Australian history. However, I would like to specifically discuss emotions in the work place. At work, the major emotion that I find myself feeling is anxiety. This emotion fluctuates according to my productivity, as it is results affected. Therefore, if I am not productive I suffer anxiety, this is a complex emotion that I would not be so effected by if there was no need to be productive at work in society today. I do not believe that I am the only person that suffers from anxiety in the work place according to productivity. Although it is interesting that, in order to be productive a person cannot show anxiety when completing a task and therefore it is extremely important to manage this emotion within the work environment.

Rebecca Reisima said : Guest Report 9 months ago

Managing emotions is something we must all do because of societies rules. You are expected to maintain a happy front at work, and an engaged and interested front around your children, because these are the ‘right’ things to do. Often at my work we joke about the fact that twenty percent of our pay is dedicated to the manual labour, while the other eighty percent is predominantly for our faked happy attitudes when faced with an onslaught of customers who can’t return the curtesy of managing their emotions. In a work place setting, particularly in retail, our managed emotions are expected to be portrayed in a particular way, with no exceptions for gender. The example of Christmas in the ‘Arlie Hochschild: The Presentation of Emotion’ article is a scenario every person has found themselves in, whether it be for a Christmas present, or a disappointing job interview where bursting into tears becomes inappropriate. People manage their emotions to deal with everyday life, without this management the retail industry would be a terrible place for customers, and Christmas with ‘Aunt Mary’ would be abysmal. #S344UOW18 #Tut5 #BBay

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