Emotion Regulation Versus Mood Regulation

Samuel Meyers*, Maya Tamir

*Corresponding author for this work

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Emotions and moods have been distinguished in the literature. If they are distinct, we may expect emotion regulation and mood regulation to be distinct too. We show that although emotion regulation and mood regulation are considered theoretically distinct, they are often confounded empirically. We review characteristics proposed to distinguish emotions from moods by different theoretical approaches to emotion. We also review challenges to these propositions, suggesting that one valid distinction involves intentionality. Building on the above, we discuss possible differences between emotion regulation and mood regulation. Finally, we encourage the use of accurate terminology, argue for the importance of empirically testing hypotheses regarding distinctions between emotion regulation and mood regulation, and discuss possible implications.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEmotion Review
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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  • emotion regulation
  • emotions
  • mood regulation
  • moods


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