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Admiration and adoration: their different ways of showing and shaping who we are

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Schindler, I., Zink, V., Windrich, J., & Menninghaus, W. (2013). Admiration and adoration: their different ways of showing and shaping who we are. Cognition & Emotion, 27(1), 85-118. doi:10.1080/02699931.2012.698253.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-3057-F
Admiration and adoration have been considered as emotions with the power to change people, yet our knowledge of the specific nature and function of these emotions is quite limited. From an interdisciplinary perspective, we present a prototype approach to admiration and what has variously been labelled adoration, worship, or reverence. Both admiration and adoration contribute to the formation of personal and collective ideals, values, and identities, but their workings differ. We offer a detailed theoretical account of commonalities and differences in the appraisal patterns and action tendencies associated with the two emotions. This analysis reveals that admiration motivates the internalisation and emulation of ideals embodied by an outstanding role model. Adoration motivates adherence to the teachings and expectations of a meaning maker and benefactor perceived as superhuman or sacred. Thus, the primary function of admiration is to promote individual learning and change, whereas adoration primarily serves to bind communities together.