Helping Christians Reclaim Some Abandoned Emotions: The ACE Model of Emotion

Volume
Volume 21
Issue
Summer 1993
Title
Helping Christians Reclaim Some Abandoned Emotions: The ACE Model of Emotion
Abstract

The arousal-cognition-expression (ACE) model of emotion suggests that all emotions have the capacity to be pleasing to God, displeasing to God, and/or morally neutral. Therefore, all emotions are potentially appropriate for the Christian. According to the ACE model, what determines the moral direction of an emotion, and thus the appropriateness of an emotion for a Christian, is factors in the cognitive and expressive domains. The ACE model originally evolved out of research with anger and this paper reports an experimental study with anger that confirms some of the earlier descriptive findings that provided a foundation for the model. In a second study, testing the generality of the model, the ACE model is applied to the emotion of love. In conclusion, it is also suggested that the ACE model may provide a general framework for understanding several other Christian perspectives on emotion.

Authors
Dr. R.L. Bassett, Dr. P.C. Hill, C. Hart, K. Perry and K. Mathewson
Pages
165 - 173
Price
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