This seminar presents current research on the emotion of disgust. We will examine the evolution of the disgust response ranging from primitive survival to modern anxiety disorders. Practitioners will learn how disgust-related avoidance contributes to various psychopathologies.
Disgust is also a vital positive emotion. Participants will learn about the role of disgust in affective intuition, moral judgments, and interpersonal relations.
A deeper understanding of this useful emotion motivates practitioners to ‘lean into’ an area that is often instinctively avoided. Insight into disgust will enhance understanding of your own responses as well as increase your skills in applying this knowledge with clients.
‘Disgust’ is a more than a word – it is a powerful, basic emotion underlying both survival and morality while also contributing to emotional disorders. As a clinician, you likely have no idea of the role disgust plays in many conditions. Disgust is not the same emotion as anxiety. Knowledge of disgust will add an entirely different dimension to your treatment repertoire. This program reviews recent studies which demonstrate the contributions of disgust to both physical and moral survival as well as many common pathologies. In a curious unfolding, disgust evolved as a factor in affective intuition, moral judgments, and interpersonal relations. Understanding the usefulness of ‘disgust’ in the therapy conversation is illuminating! The instinctive urge to avoid disgust’s aversive nature led to a lack of study and training regarding its hidden and perplexing role in many common disorders.
Practitioners will examine their own disgust sensitivity, learn to assess disgust sensitivity components with clients, and examine disorders in which disgust plays a central role. The fascinating evolution of disgust from primitive response to a complex social-moral-behavioral influencer will intrigue you!