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  • The removal of something that has been accepted, but has turned out to be harmful. (Robert Plutchik - see here, accessed 27 October 2017Adaptive behaviour = Rejection.
  • Initial Physiological Function: Constriction of face openings reduce dangerous inhalations. (Wikipedia, accessed 27 October 2017)
  • Evolved Communicative Function: Warning of dangerous foods, behaviours, and ideas. (Wikipedia, accessed 27 October 2017)
  • Facial Cues: The top lip goes up. The lower lip pushes up or goes down and sticks out. The nose is wrinkled. The cheeks go up. The eyebrows are down. (Ekman & Friesen - see Second Step, p.103, Committee for Children 2002, accessed 16 July 2020)
  • Question to self: Do I need to campaign against the offending issue?
  • Similar emotions: Aversion, Hate, Loathing, Rejection, Revulsion, Contempt, Disdain, Scorn, Abhorrence, Distaste.
  • Opposite emotions: Admiration, Attraction, Desire.
 Disgust by Darwin
  • Bach Flower Remedies: Crab Apple [feeling dirty or unclean], Beech [overly critical].
  • California Flower Essences: Manzanita [revoted by physical world/body], Pretty Face [disgust at personal appearance; prioritises inner beauty], Sticky Monkeyflower [disgust at sex & intimacy].

Around the world an expression of disgust looks the same, and sends the identical message: something is offensive in taste or smell, or metaphorically so. The facial expression of disgust – the upper lip curled to the side as the nose wrinkles slightly – suggests a primordial attempt, as Darwin observed, to close the nostrils against a noxious odor or to spit out a poisonous food. (Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, p.7)

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