The Significance Of Emotions And Moods

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The Significance of Emotions and Moods in the Workplace Understanding individual Emotions and Moods in my career field is a crucial part of ensuring mission success. As defined by Robins and Judge, “Emotions are intense feeling that are directed at someone or something. Moods are feelings that tend to be less intense than emotions and that lack a contextual stimulus.” ( Robins & Judge, 2009). Emotions have the potential to shape an employee’s mood. From there, a mood can affect a lot in a person’s life from work productivity, job satisfaction, personal and family life (Carlson, Kacmar, Zivuska, Feguson, & Whitten, 2011). Moods have a high negative affect, a high positive affect, a low positive affect or a low negative affect (Robbins & Judge, 2009). Evolutionary Psychology and Affect Events theory are two important concepts to fully understand how important Emotions and Moods are, especially in my personal career field as a military policewoman. Evolutionary Psychology Evolutionary Psychology as defined by Robins and Judge, is “an area of inquiry which argues that we must experience the emotions we do because they serve a purpose” (Robins & Judge, 2009). In my specific line of work, fear and nervousness drives out complacency. As a policewoman and a Soldier, complacency can get a person killed. Alertness is also crucial for police officers and soldiers. Alertness has a high positive affect. When I was on duty on a Sunday afternoon last summer, I was
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