Though the ability to experience an emotion may be innate (for example, we are not taught how to feel fear, that is instinctual), it is often due to a trigger or exposure to experience that shapes when an individual experiences said emotions. For example, in the Little Albert experiment, the child did not need to be taught that a loud nose incites fear - he naturally made that connection and instinctually experienced fear at the sound of the gong. It was not natural for him to associate the white rat with fear, but due to conditioning, it became a trigger. So, through socialization and experience, individuals begin to associate certain emotions with certain triggers, but the emotions themselves exist in all of us innately.
Hello Emily. Thank you for your post. I was only able to relate to this topic of innate emotions and the social environment to the example in the text. I appreciate you mentioning the Little Albert experiment as another example, which helps me to better grasp the idea.