The ACE Model of Emotions: Living Jesus Christ While Experiencing Emotions
- Volume 26
- Fall 1998
- The ACE Model of Emotions: Living Jesus Christ While Experiencing Emotions
This article presents a model that integrates Christian and psychological perspectives on emotion: the ACE model of emotion. This model proposes that all emotions are morally ambidextrous. Any emotion, from anger to love, has the capacity to be experienced in a manner that is pleasing or displeasing to God. The ACE model further assumes that emotions contain three elements: (a) A = arousal or physiological activity, (b) C = cognition, and (c) E = expression. In addition, the model can be considered along two dimensions that determine if an emotion is righteous, sinful, natural, or distorted. The model looks at the emotional "big picture" and may well subsume several previous attempts to integrate psychology and Christianity in terms of specific emotions.
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