Religion, emotion regulation, and well-being.

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Religion can influence multiple points in the process of emotion regulation, including setting emotional goals and influencing intrinsic and extrinsic emotion regulation. First, religion shapes desired emotional states by setting emotional goals which are instrumental to religious values. These include awe, gratitude, joy, guilt, and hatred. Second, religion influences intrinsic processes in emotion regulation, including self-regulation skills, beliefs about the malleability of emotions, and the use of specific emotion regulation strategies. Finally, religion influences extrinsic processes in emotion regulation, including the creation of communities which provide social support in emotion regulation and religious rituals. The role of religion at each point of emotion regulation, as enumerated above, is discussed with regards to implications for well-being.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationReligion and Spirituality Across Cultures
EditorsChu Kim-Prieto
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Netherlands; Imprint: Springer
ISBN (Electronic)9789401789509
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameCross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology (CAPP)


  • Emotion regulation
  • Emotional experience
  • Emotion regulation strategy
  • Cognitive reappraisal
  • Expressive suppression


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