Emotional Balance: “Snap Out of It” 1951 Coronet Instructional Films04:33

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Published on January 20, 2018

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‘Discusses why an achievement-conscious boy becomes emotionally upset when he fails to get an expected ‘A’ in a history course. Shows how a principal helps him learn to cope with disappointments.

Ken Smith sez: Weird “Mr. Edmunds” recoups his principal-as-psychologist role he performed so adroitly in Act Your Age (school principals in Coronet films never seem to have secretaries or any work).

This film follows the frustrations of confused teen Howard Patterson, who won’t show his report card to his parents because he “should’ve gotten” an A in social studies.

“Sometimes we expect great things,” Mr. Edmunds reflects, leaning back in his chair as Howard looks on. “And when we’re severely disappointed, we become emotionally upset.” Mr. Edmunds counsels Howard against “expecting too much” and tells him to keep his emotions “in balance.” “If your emotions are in balance, you channel your emotional energy into a direct attack on your problem!” Howard promises to lower his expectations and be more balanced, and another member of the Silent Generation leaves a Coronet film to paint the world gray.

Look for the scene where a double-exposure dream image is superimposed next to a girl who hasn’t yet learned to lower her expectations.

Howard Patterson does not bring his report card back to school because he is disappointed that he did not receive an “A” in his history class. He is sent to Mr. Edmonds’ office, who gives him advice on keeping his emotions in balance, so that he can continue striving for goals without expecting to always achieve them.
Close-up of a handwritten report card
Teen-age guy constructing a lamp in a wood shop and becoming upset
Teen-age girl singing in front of a grand piano, with a double exposure of same girl in costume, singing
Teen-age boys playing basketball’

NEW VERSION with improved video & sound:

Public domain film from the Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

Wikipedia license:

In psychology and philosophy, emotion is a subjective, conscious experience that is characterized primarily by psychophysiological expressions, biological reactions, and mental states. Emotion is often associated and considered reciprocally influential with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, and motivation,[citation needed] as well as influenced by hormones and neurotransmitters such as dopamine, noradrenaline, serotonin, oxytocin, cortisol and GABA. Emotion is often the driving force behind motivation, positive or negative. An alternative definition of emotion is a “positive or negative experience that is associated with a particular pattern of physiological activity.”

The physiology of emotion is closely linked to arousal of the nervous system with various states and strengths of arousal relating, apparently, to particular emotions. Although those acting primarily on emotion may seem as if they are not thinking, cognition is an important aspect of emotion, particularly the interpretation of events. For example, the experience of fear usually occurs in response to a threat. The cognition of danger and subsequent arousal of the nervous system (e.g. rapid heartbeat and breathing, sweating, muscle tension) is an integral component to the subsequent interpretation and labeling of that arousal as an emotional state. Emotion is also linked to behavioral tendency.

Research on emotion has increased significantly over the past two decades with many fields contributing including psychology, neuroscience, medicine, history, sociology, and even computer science. The numerous theories that attempt to explain the origin, neurobiology, experience, and function of emotions have only fostered more intense research on this topic. The current research that is being conducted about the concept of emotion involves the development of materials that stimulate and elicit emotion. In addition PET scans and fMRI scans help study the affective processes in the brain…

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