Larsen and Buss differentiate two approaches to the nature of emotions. One approach conceptualizes emotions as categories, and researchers working from the categorical approach attempt to identify the primary or basic emotions that underlie all emotional experiences. The dimensional approach views emotions as arrayed along, for example, a circumplex defined by two dimensions—pleasantness/unpleasantness and arousal. Which approach makes more sense to you, and why?
Compare and contrast the direct and indirect models of the relationships between personality and well-being, as presented by Larsen and Buss.
Think about your closest friend. Based on what you know about him or her, where would you classify that person on affect intensity? Provide specific examples that support your classification.