Perceived effects of other people’s emotion regulation on their vicarious emotional response

Belén López-Pérez, Janice Sanchez, Brian Parkinson

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Abstract

Across two studies, we investigated how friends’ typically used emotion regulation strategies (rumination or reappraisal) influence judgements about their vicarious emotions (sympathy, tenderness, and personal distress) when presented with a photograph of a suffering toddler. Results of both studies demonstrated that participants reporting on a ruminative friend indicated that their friend would feel greater personal distress and less tenderness and would perceive the toddler as experiencing more need and pain than participants reporting on a reappraising friend. These results are consistent with the behavioural trajectories associated with rumination and reappraisal, and are discussed in light of their implications for interpersonal emotion regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-121
Number of pages9
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Reappraisal
  • Regulatory strategies
  • Rumination
  • Social perception
  • Vicarious emotions

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