Situation selection is a particularly effective emotion regulation strategy for people who need help regulating their emotions

Thomas L. Webb, Kristen A. Lindquist, Katelyn Jones, Aya Avishai, Paschal Sheeran

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Abstract

Situation selection involves choosing situations based on their likely emotional impact and may be less cognitively taxing or challenging to implement compared to other strategies for regulating emotion, which require people to regulate their emotions “in the moment”; we thus predicted that individuals who chronically experience intense emotions or who are not particularly competent at employing other emotion regulation strategies would be especially likely to benefit from situation selection. Consistent with this idea, we found that the use of situation selection interacted with individual differences in emotional reactivity and competence at emotion regulation to predict emotional outcomes in both a correlational (Study 1; N = 301) and an experimental field study (Study 2; N = 125). Taken together, the findings suggest that situation selection is an effective strategy for regulating emotions, especially for individuals who otherwise struggle to do so.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages231-248
Number of pages18
JournalCognition and Emotion
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 17 2018

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Keywords

  • Emotion regulation
  • reappraisal
  • situation selection
  • suppression

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  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
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Situation selection is a particularly effective emotion regulation strategy for people who need help regulating their emotions. / Webb, Thomas L.; Lindquist, Kristen A.; Jones, Katelyn; Avishai, Aya; Sheeran, Paschal.

In: Cognition and Emotion, Vol. 32, No. 2, 17.02.2018, p. 231-248.

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