Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides

Hardcover | January 14, 2014

EditorJune Gruber, Judith Tedlie Moskowitz

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There has been an explosion of interest on happiness and positive emotion in both the scientific literature and the popular press. While positive emotion is generally considered a source of good outcomes, recent scientific work in psychology has highlighted the ways in which positive emotionfacilitates the pursuit of important goals, contributes to vital social bonds, broadens our scope of attention, and increases psychological and physical well-being. But this wave of interest in positive psychology has to date neglected another important possibility regarding positive emotion - thatit may, under certain conditions, be maladaptive. Here, Gruber and Moskowitz propose that the field is now ripe to consider the costs, and not just the benefits, of positive emotion. This book offers the first comprehensive exploration of this phenomenon. It offers a comprehensive summary of current theoretical and empirical work on positiveemotion and provides empirical examples of the "light side" or adaptive benefits of positive emotion according to the degree, context (health, social relationships, coping), and type of adaptive outcome. It also provides empirical examples of the 'dark side' or maladaptive aspects of positiveemotion organized according to the degree, context, type and reasons for pursuing positive emotion in healthy and clinical populations. It discusses therapeutic applications regarding how to cultivate and foster healthy positive emotion, and suggests future research to better understand the natureof positive emotion.

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There has been an explosion of interest on happiness and positive emotion in both the scientific literature and the popular press. While positive emotion is generally considered a source of good outcomes, recent scientific work in psychology has highlighted the ways in which positive emotionfacilitates the pursuit of important goals, c...

June Gruber is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University. Judith Tedlie Moskowitz is Professor in Residence, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:January 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199926727

ISBN - 13:9780199926725

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Part I. Introduction1. June Gruber, Hillary C. Devlin, and Judith Moskowitz: Seeing it All: The Light and Dark Sides of Positive EmotionPart II. Unpacking Recent Discoveries in Positive Emotion2. Paul Condon, Christine Wilson-Mendenhall and Lisa Feldman Barrett: The Psychological Construction of Positive Emotion as a Window Into Well-Being3. Charles Carver, Michael F. Scheier, and Sheri L. Johnson: Origins and Functions of Positive Affect: A Goal Regulation Perspective4. Belinda Campos and Dacher Keltner: Shared and Differentiating Features of the Positive Emotion Domain5. Judith Moskowitz, Margaret S. Clark, Anthony Ong, and June Gruber: The Role of Positive Affect on Thinking and Decision-Making: A Tribute to Alice Isen6. Michelle N. Shiota and Alexander F. Danvers: Another Little Piece of My Heart: Positive Emotions and the Autonomic Nervous System7. Tabitha Kirkland, Vincent Y. Man, and William A. Cunningham: Positive Emotion and the Brain: The Neuroscience of HappinessPart III. The Light Side: When and Why Are Positive Emotions Good for Us?8. Jaak Panksepp: Understanding the Neurobiology of Core Positive Emotions through Animal models: Affective and Clinical Implications9. Ragnhild Bang Nes: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Positive Emotionality10. Andrea C. Samson and James J. Gross: The Dark and Light Sides of Humor: An Emotion Regulation Perspective11. Sarah D. Pressman and Stephanie L. Bowlin: Positive Affect: A Pathway to Better Physical Health12. Lisa A. Williams and David DeSteno: How Positive Social Emotions Motivate Actions for the Future Self: Building Bonds, Attaining Ambitions, and Establishing Esteem13. Dana L. McMakin and Ronald E. Dahl: Positive Affect and Adolescent Development: Emerging Levels of Understanding and Clinical ImplicationsPart IV. The Dark Side: When Positive Emotion Goes Wrong14. Monika Lohani, Mary Jo Larcom, and Derek M. Isaacowitz: Older and Happier? Age-related effects on positive emotion15. Anthony D. Ong, George A. Bonanno, and C. S. Bergeman: Positive Emotions in the Aftermath of Loss16. Daniel M. Haybron: The Value of Positive Emotion: Philosophical Doubts and Reassurances17. Joseph P. Forgas: On the Downside of Feeling Good: Evidence for the Motivational, Cognitive and Behavioral Disadvantages of Positive Affect18. Margaret S. Clark and Joan K. Monin: Turning the Tables: How We React to Others' Happiness19. Jeanne Tsai and BoKyung Park: The Cultural Shaping of Happiness: The Role of Ideal Affect20. Brett Q. Ford and Iris B. Mauss: The Paradoxical Effects of Pursuing Positive Emotion: When and Why Wanting to Feel Happy BackfiresPart V. Just Right: Cultivating Healthy Positive Emotion21. Melissa A. Cyders: Positive Urgency and Negative Outcomes: The Dispositional Tendency to Rash Action During Positive Emotional States22. Greg Siegle, Erika Forbes, Jennifer Silk: Positive Affect Systems in Depression: The Road Less Traveled23. Elizabeth J. Reeves, Ellen Leibenluft, and June Gruber: Positive Emotion Disturbance in Bipolar Disorder across the Lifespan24. Adam W. Carrico: Positive Emotion: The Sirens' Song of Substance Use and the Trojan Horse for Recovery from Addiction25. Kristin Layous, Sonja Lyubomirsky: The How, Why, What, When, and Who of Happiness: Mechanisms Underlying the Success of Positive Activity Interventions26. Richard Bronstrom, Larissa G. Duncan: Mindfulness and Balanced Positive Emotion27. Laura R. Saslow, Michael Cohn, and Judith Tedlie Moskowitz: Positive Affect Interventions to Reduce Stress: Harnessing the Benefit while Avoiding the PollyannaPart VI. Conclusions28. Barbara Fredrickson: Positive Emotions: The Good, The Bad, The Inert, and The Complicated