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Title: Emotions and concerns: Situational evidence for their systematic co-occurrence
Authors: De Leersnyder, Jozefien ×
Koval, Peter
Kuppens, Peter
Mesquita, Batja #
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Series Title: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology vol:x pages:xx-xx
Abstract: People experience emotions when events are important to their current concerns, that
is, when events affect their goals, values, or motives, etc. that are pertinent at that
time. In the current research, we focused on one kind of concerns - values - and
examined whether different types of concerns are associated with different categories
of emotion. More specifically, we investigated whether, at the situation level, the
relevance of different types of values is linked to the intensity of different types of
emotional experience. We conducted two retrospective survey studies (Studies 1 and
2) - one of which was cross-cultural - and one experience sampling study (Study 3).
Together, the three studies provide convergent evidence for associations between the
situational relevance of self-focused values (e.g., ambition, success) and socially
disengaging emotions (e.g., pride, anger) on the one hand, and between the relevance
of other-focused values (e.g., loyalty, helping) and socially engaging emotions (e.g.,
closeness, shame) on the other. These findings challenge the (often implicit)
assumption of emotion theories that different types of concerns are interchangeable -
i.e., it does not matter for emotion which concern is relevant as long as one is. In
contrast, the current research proposes that different concerns are constitutive
elements of different emotional experiences and thus encourages new ways of thinking
about emotions.
ISSN: 0022-3514
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Social and Cultural Psychology
Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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