2013 Emotion Pre-Conference to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology edition:8 location:New Orleans, LA, USA date:17 januari 2013
Emotions are powerful connections between our inner psyches and outer worlds. Most psychological theories of emotion account for this social dimension by proposing that emotions can be elicited by social events: Social events trigger an emotion, lead to an appraisal, or give rise to a construal of emotions. By taking a socio-dynamic perspective on emotions, we will turn the process of emotion elicitation inside-out: Without denying the importance of individual processes in emotion construction, we will argue that social contexts are more than mere stimuli for individual processes. Starting from the idea that emotion construction is a dynamically unfolding process, afforded and constrained by a complex social environment that is itself in motion, we will discuss how the social dynamics of daily life shape, constrain, and define individuals’ emotions across contexts in a number of ways. We will give examples from moment-to moment interactions, developing and ongoing relationships, and socio-cultural contexts.