Dutch-language podcast: Waarom worden Japanners nooit kwaad?
Woede, blijdschap, verdriet… het lijkt of iedereen in de wereld de grote emoties hetzelfde ervaart. Waardoor we ons als mensen ook allemaal verbonden voelen. En toch… waarom lijkt een Japanner zo emotieloos en een Braziliaan één en al emotie? Sociaal psycholoog (KU Leuven) Batja Mesquita verrichtte jarenlang baanbrekend onderzoek naar de wetenschap achter emoties. Want die zijn misschien toch niet zo universeel als ze lijken…
Podcast (Video): Episode 7 of Conversation on Value. A Traces&dreams original podcast, hosted by Valeria Maltoni.
Value & Emotion: Batja Mesquita in conversation with Valeria Maltoni.
“Our conversation ranges from the contours of ‘shame’ and ‘anger’ in different cultures, to the invention and uses of ‘love’ and ‘happiness’ in culture, how moving away and toward another human being or group works emotionally, and how emotions could tie into stories in the world, rather than being actual mental states.”
Podcast: The You Project hosted by Craig Harper
“This was a totally new topic and conversation for me and I found it fascinating. It was also somewhat confronting because Batja’s research around emotions didn’t neatly fit into my ‘how emotions work’ box. How dare she. In this chat, we talk about the relationship between culture and its impact on emotions; and not just cultural differences between countries but also differences between religions, corporations and all kinds of groups.”
The Beautiful Truth published an article about my book, “Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions.”
No Hard Feelings written by Alice Treasure
Metaforum KU Leuven, March 16 2023
Culturele verschillen in emoties
Batja Mesquita & Benjamin De Mesel
16 maart 2023
Podcast: Feel Better. Live More. Interview with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
What We All Need To Know About Human Emotions & How They Affect Our Behaviour with Batja Mesquita
by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee / March 15, 2023
We cover so many thought-provoking topics, including:
- What emotions really are – and why anger, shame or pride might differ across cultures.
- Parenting and how we understand and influence our child’s emotions.
- The immigrant experience and how being raised with dual cultures might affect your relationships and approach to life.
- How a better understanding of cultural differences and language interpretation could help doctor-patient relationships.
I absolutely loved Batja’s book and I think her work is really important. The more we are able to connect with our fellow humans instead of judging them, the happier and more harmonious the world is going to be. I hope you enjoy listening.
Power: the missing element in cultures of emotion? A conversation with Batja Mesquita’s (2022) Between Us, How Cultures Create Emotions
Relational Wellbeing Collaborative
Sarah C. White 7 March 2023
Varying your viewpoints: Three books illustrate the value of examining the lenses through which you see the world
Susan Fader reviews “Between Us” in Quirk’s magazine.
Adam Grant shared my Behavioral Scientist article “Americans Are Fake and the Dutch Are Rude!”
“A fascinating read on the psychology of cultural differences in communication.”
— Adam Grant
See, Hear, Feel Podcast
Two episodes of the See, Hear, Feel podcast with Professor Christine J Ko, MD
Part 1 & 2 of a digital training program, “PolarProf”, about dealing with hate speech by the Hannah Arendt Instituut Flanders. (In Dutch)
Culture Savvy includes Between Us in their top picks for your 2023 reading list
“Looking for books about bias, diversity, and crossing cultures for 2023? Here are our top reads for this year!”
De Morgen: In het sprankelende Between Us meemt Batja Mesquita je op sleeptouw door de wondere wereld van emoties.
De Standaard Interview: Ik voel, ik voel wat jij niet voelt
Vreugde, angst en verdriet zien er overal ter wereld hetzelfde uit, toch? Psychologe Batja Mesquita maakt radicaal komaf met die theorie. ‘Emoties zijn niet universeel. Wat we voelen en hoe we voelen is gevormd door onze cultuur.’
Dan Hill’s EQ Spotlight Podcast
New Books Network
Today I talked to Batja Mesquita about her book Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions.
De Standaard: De selectie van Geerdt Magiels
Welke schrijver vindt u jammerlijk onderschat of onterecht vergeten?
Healthcare Upside/Down: We Are Not All the Same w/Dr Batja Mesquita
Healthcare Upside/Down: Unfiltered perspectives on what’s working and what’s not in US healthcare. S2E9: We Are Not All the Same with Dr Batja Mesquita, Professor of Psychology at University of Leuven, Belgium with host Dr. Nick.
Next Big Idea Club: Between Us Makes The Top 21 Psychology Books of 2022
“…here at the Next Big Idea Club, we crunched the numbers to identify the psychology books that were loved most by our tens of thousands of app users this year.”
Between US excerpt included in Behavioral Scientist’s Most Read Articles of 2022
Americans Are Fake and the Dutch Are Rude!
By Batja Mesquita
What I learned about emotions when I traded Amsterdam for Ann Arbor.
New Books Network Psychology Podcast Episode
This interview was conducted by Jolie Ho, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology whose own research focuses on social connection and reward in the context of social anxiety.
New Lines Magazine podcast Wider Angle: Emotions Across Cultures with Batja Mesquita
In Episode 5 of New Lines’ “Wider Angle” podcast, the guest was social psychologist Batja Mesquita. One of the world’s top experts on the subject, Mesquita joined Riada Asimovic Akyol for a conversation about emotions across different cultures, urging us to reconsider roles of social conditions and relationships between people.
My first review in Dutch: De duif en de woede van Mike Tyson
Boosheid, blijheid of angst blijken geen universele emoties te zijn, zoals de Nederlandse sociaal-psycholoog Batja Mesquita in haar boek Between Us onder meer aantoont. En schaamte, is dat nou een goede of slechte emotie?
Between Us is one of the ten books nominated by Habit Weekly for the Best Book of the Year 2022.
Vote here if you think it is the best book.
How Do Happy Couples Feel? It Depends on the Culture
By Alexander Kirchner-Häusler and Batja Mesquita
From the blog Character & Context by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology
In a widely publicized study, John Gottman, an American relationship researcher and counselor, observed that happier couples showed far more positive than negative emotions during conflict discussions. In their interactions, the couples who were still together many years later all had something in common: They balanced each episode of negative emotions during their encounter with around 5 times the number of positive emotions. This pattern was so remarkably consistent that Gottman and other researchers have called this high ratio of positive to negative emotions “the magic ratio.”
But how universal is this “magic” across the world? That is what we wanted to know in our study.
The Dissenter: Episode #710 with Batja Mesquita
Batja speaks with The Dissenter host Ricardo Lopes. “In this episode, we focus on Between Us. We start by talking about what emotions are, and their functions. We discuss how people think about and categorize emotions, and the MINE (Mental, Inside, Essentialist) and OURS (Outside, Relational, Situational) models of emotions, and their relationship with wellbeing…”
Between US Made The 2022 Non-Obvious Book Awards Longlist
2022 was our most competitive year yet — and we considered over 1000 titles to narrow down our Longlist and Shortlist. The titles selected for this list were the very best non-fiction titles published all year. The Shortlist will be announced on December 1st at 11am in a LIVE awards show on YouTube Live.
Vatican in Rome: Science and Ethics for Happiness and Well-being (SEH) Project
The final meeting of the Science and Ethics for Happiness and Well-being (SEH) Project at the Vatican in Rome (in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
Listen to KERA Think Podcast: Why emotions don’t translate across cultures
Wherever you go in the world, people feel emotions differently. Social psychologist Batja Mesquita is a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and she joins guest host Paige Phelps to discuss why feelings differ from culture to culture, why shame can be good, and why Pixar’s “Inside/Out” movie might have it all wrong.
Think is produced five days a week by KERA in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Mental(izing) Health Newsletter, #34 looks at Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions
Nov 1, Mental(izing) Health, By Elliot Jurist: The mental health of mental health.
Social Science Bites Podcast: Batja Mesquita on Culture and Emotion
Social Science Bites podcast interview with David Edmonds.
Read the Between Us excerpt on Behavioral Scientist
“Even to me, as a cultural psychologist who studied emotions for a living, it was impossible to see my own emotions as products of culture, until I had a real stake in being part of another culture.”
Cape Talk Radio in Cape Town, South Africa. Interview with John Maytham.
John Maytham asks a good question about Between Us: “Why is this important? Yes, it’s academically important, but…does it have significance in the real world?”
Is Being Happy Wrong? A Review of Between Us
“As someone who works and lives in a multicultural environment and does not speak in native language on a daily basis, I find Between Us and the arguments it provides relatable. It helped me to understand the cultural roots of my own emotions — those that I accept, those that I resist and those, I was not aware of.”
Hidden Brain: Decoding Emotions
This week on Hidden Brain: Batja Mesquita in conversation with Shankar Vedantam — How cultural differences are not just a product of different histories and different languages, but deep phycological divides in how we feel things.
We like to think that all humans are born with the same core emotions: anger, fear, joy, sadness and disgust. But what if that’s not true? This week, psychologist Batja Mesquita offers a different model of emotions — one that can help us to better understand our own feelings and those of the people around us.
UNDARK — Book Review: A Psychologist Plumbs the Cultural Roots of Emotion
“Ultimately, Mesquita’s book presents a powerful and stirring argument for viewing emotions and emotional episodes holistically. It’s a call to action that will make our schools, businesses, and justice systems more equitable. Empathy, that much-lauded concept, is not enough. Mesquita argues that we must move past empathy, which entails imagining that we can project our own experiences onto someone else, and instead learn to compassionately ask questions and understand what a person’s emotional response means to them based on their cultural background.”
Starred review of BETWEEN US from the new issue of Publishers Weekly
Publisher’s Weekly also talks with Batja Mesquita about Between Us and the exploration of the social origins of emotions.
Review in The New Yorker: How Universal Are Our Emotions?
Emotions can be thought of as “relational acts between people,” Batja Mesquita writes, rather than as mental states inside us.
Literary Hub: What Science Can Tell Us About How We Express Ourselves
Batja Mesquita on the Way Language Shapes Emotion Across Cultures
Excerpted from Between Us: How Cultures Create Emotions by Batja Mesquita.
Between Us in New York Times Book Review, Newly Published, July 17, 2022
“In this impressive debut, a social psychologist analyzes academic studies and stories from around the world to make a case for how different cultures place value on the emotions that shape our individual and collective social relationships.”
Between Us Nominated for The Next Big Idea
Between Us has been nominated as one of the 18 nominees for the next edition of The Next Big Idea.
“Brilliantly synthesizing original psychological studies and stories from peoples across time and geography, Between Us skillfully argues that acknowledging differences in emotions allows us to find common ground, humanizing and humbling us all for the better.”
Science Review of Between Us
SCIENCE • 7 Jul 2022 • Vol 377, Issue 6602 • p. 16
REVIEW: The cultural landscape of emotions: Social context plays an important role in shaping how we feel