Desired emotional states: their nature, causes, and implications for emotion regulation

Maya Tamir, Tony Gutentag

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Emotion regulation is a process directed toward achieving desired emotions. People want to experience different emotions at different times and for different reasons, leading them to change emotions accordingly. Research on desired emotions has made several discoveries. First, what people want to feel varies across individuals and across situations. Second, what people want to feel depends on how much they value emotions and on the extent to which they expect emotions to yield behavioral, social, or epistemic benefits. Third, what people want to feel sets the direction of emotion regulation and can shape emotional experiences and subsequent behavior. Identifying and understanding desired emotional states can promote healthier emotion regulation and emotional experiences, and more adaptive personal and social functioning.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
StatePublished - Oct 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The first author has been supported by the Israel Science Foundation Grant No. 934/15.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd


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