Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia; Author, Pride: The Secret of Success
Jessica Tracy is a professor of psychology at University of British Columbia and a Sauder School of Business Distinguished Scholar. She studies the evolutionary origins and social functions of emotions like pride, shame, and disgust. The author of Pride: The Secret of Success, Tracy’s work has been published in over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters and has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC radio, USA Today, The Atlantic, and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and received the International Society for Self and Identity’s Outstanding Early Career Award.
To get your emotions to work for you, you must be willing to open up about them. After all, there’s a reason we have them. From an evolutionary perspective, says psychology professor Jessica Tracy, humans evolved to have emotions because they are functional and adaptive — they help us survive and pass on our genes. Emotions that are most stigmatized, like shame and envy, can actually be the most useful in understanding how we relate to ourselves and the people around us.