What is disgust?

  • (verb): Fill with distaste.
    Synonyms: gross out, revolt, repel
    See also — Additional definitions below

Disgust

Disgust is a type of aversive reaction that involves withdrawing from a person or object with strong expressions of revulsion whether real or pretended. Another definition of disgust can be defined as a revulsion response towards potential contamination . Disgust can be described as a universal, basic emotion that functions to help protect an organism from ingesting potentially harmful substances, thereby promoting disease avoidance. It is one of the basic emotions and is typically associated with things that are regarded as unclean, inedible, infectious, gory or otherwise offensive.

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Some articles on disgust:

Disgusted - The Hydra’s Tale: Imagining Disgust
... to the book The Hydra’s Tale Imagining Disgust by Robert Rawdon Wilson, disgust may be further subdivided into physical disgust, associated with physical or metaphorical uncleanliness, and moral ... "I am disgusted by the hurtful things that you are saying." Moral disgust should be understood as culturally determined physical disgust as more universally grounded ... The book also discusses moral disgust as an aspect of the representation of disgust ...
Evolution Of Morality - Disgust
... Disgust, one of the basic emotions, may have an important role in certain forms of morality ... Disgust is argued to be a specific response to certain things or behaviors that are dangerous or undesirable from an evolutionary perspective ... Another example is disgust against evolutionary disadvantageous mating such as incest (the incest taboo) or unwanted sexual advances ...
The Hydra’s Tale: Imagining Disgust
... According to the book The Hydra’s Tale Imagining Disgust by Robert Rawdon Wilson, disgust may be further subdivided into physical disgust, associated ... For example "I am disgusted by the hurtful things that you are saying." Moral disgust should be understood as culturally determined physical disgust as ... The book also discusses moral disgust as an aspect of the representation of disgust ...
Disgusted - Disgust and Mental Disorders - Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
... The emotion of disgust may have an important role in understanding the neurobiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), particularly in those with contamination preoccupations ... greater neural responses to disgust-invoking images, specifically in the right insula ... Furthermore, Sprengelmeyer (1997) found that the brain activation associated with disgust included the insula and part of the gustatory cortex that processes unpleasant tastes and smells ...
Disgusted - Political and Legal Aspects of Disgust
... The emotion disgust has been noted to feature strongly in the public sphere in relation to issues and debates, among other things, regarding anatomy, sex and bioethics ... on the role, purpose and effects of disgust on public discourse ... Martha Nussbaum, a jurist and ethicist, explicitly rejects disgust as an appropriate guide for legislating, arguing the "politics of disgust" is an unreliable emotional reaction ...

More definitions of "disgust":

  • (noun): Strong feelings of dislike.

Famous quotes containing the word disgust:

    Yes, marriage is hateful, detestable. A kind of ineffable, sickening disgust seizes my mind when I think of this most despotic, most unrequited fetter which prejudice has forged to confine its energies.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

    Young men of the fairest promise, who begin life upon our shores, inflated by the mountain winds, shined upon by all the stars of God, find the earth below not in unison with these,—but are hindered from action by the disgust which the principles on which business is managed inspire, and turn drudges, or die of disgust,—some of them suicides.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The disgust with dirt can be so great that it keeps us from cleaning ourselves—from “justifying” ourselves.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)