Individual differences in the effects of emotion regulation strategies: The role of personality and trait affect intensity

A. Karreman, O. Laceulle, W.E. Hanser, A.J.J.M. Vingerhoets

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This experimental study examined if (1) emotion experience can be manipulated by applying an emotion regulation strategy (suppression, giving in, neutral) when listening to a well-known rock music fragment, and if (2) personality and trait affect intensity can predict individual differences in effects of emotion regulation strategies. Adults (N=468) completed questionnaires on person-
characteristics), rated emotions (positive, negative, intensity), applied an emotion regulation strategy when listening to the music fragment, and rated emotions again. MANCOVA showed an effect of condition, with individuals in the giving in condition showing the strongest increase in emotion
intensity. Neuroticism, extraversion, and positive trait affect intensity predicted individual differences in effects of condition on changes in emotions, e.g., individuals high on neuroticism showed a stronger decrease in negative emotions than individuals low on neuroticism when giving in. Findings
show that, depending on person-characteristics, it can be more or less emotionally satisfying to give in to emotions.
Original languageDutch
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Event18th European Conference on Personality - Timisoara, Romania
Duration: 19 Jul 201623 Jul 2016


Conference18th European Conference on Personality

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