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date: 06 July 2022

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This chapter expands on commonly defined emotional eudaimonic entertainment experiences by introducing the universal emotion of kama muta, which is a Sanskrit term for feeling “moved by love.” The chapter situates kama muta within the larger context of eudaimonic entertainment and explores its antecedents, processes, and effects based on the relational models theory. Theoretical comparisons between the relational models theory and Haidt’s moral emotions model are made with respect to kama muta. Conclusions about the study of kama muta as a self-transcendent entertainment experience within different media contexts (social media, film, news), and its effects for society (connectedness, outgroup humanization) are drawn.

Keywords: eudaimonic entertainment, kama muta, relational models theory, positivity resonance model, moral emotions model, self-transcendent entertainment experience, media context, feeling moved

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