Contempt FAQs:


Q: Is contempt anger directed toward a lower-status individual?

A: Yes.

Q: Is contempt a response to a perceived failure to meet an interpersonal standard?

A: Yes.

Q: Is contempt the psychological withdrawal or distance one typically feels regarding the object of one’s contempt?

A: Yes.

Q: Is contempt also a particular way of regarding or attending to the object of contempt?

A: Yes, and this form of regard has an unpleasant affective element.

Q: Is contempt universally understood?

A: Yes, “An expression in which the corner of the lip is tightened and raised slightly on one side of the face signaled contempt.

Q: Is contempt less clear?

A: Yes, though there is at least some preliminary evidence that this emotion and its expression are universally recognized.