Emotion Regulation of Others and Self

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Niven, K., Totterdell, P., Holman, D., & Headley, T., (2012), Does Regulating Others' Feelings Influence People's Own Affective Well-Being?, The Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 246-260. DOI:10.1080/00224545.2011.599823


Individuals in a variety of social contexts try to regulate other people’s feelings, but how does this process affect the regulators themselves? This research aimed to establish a relationship between people’s use of interpersonal affect regulation and their own affective well-being. In a field study, self- and other-reported data were collected from prisoners and staff members in a therapeutic prison using two surveys separated in time. In a laboratory study, a student sample reported their affect before and after attempting to influence the feelings of talent show contestants in a role-play task. The results of both studies indicated congruent associations between the use of affect-improving and affect-worsening interpersonal affect regulation and strategy agents’ affective well-being. Our findings highlight that, when performing interpersonal affect regulation, people may not be immune from the effects of their own actions.

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