Coping With Mixed Emotions: Exploring the Temporal Arousal of Positive Emotion Relative to Negative Emotion

Loraine Lau-Gesk, University of California, Irvine, USA
Thomas Kramer, University of South Carolina, USA
Sayantani Mukherjee, California State University, Long Beach, USA
We examine characteristics within a mixed-emotional experience that enable successful coping and identify the specific coping process involved. Our studies indicate that relatively close temporal arousal of positive relative to negative emotion provides cognitive resources necessary for reappraisal of the mixed-emotional experience, lowering discomfort and resulting in favorable overall evaluations.
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Loraine Lau-Gesk, Thomas Kramer, and Sayantani Mukherjee (2011) ,"Coping With Mixed Emotions: Exploring the Temporal Arousal of Positive Emotion Relative to Negative Emotion", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 39, eds. Rohini Ahluwalia, Tanya L. Chartrand, and Rebecca K. Ratner, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 439-440.