Variability in anger intensity profiles: Structure and predictive basis

Joke Heylen*, Philippe Verduyn, Iven Van Mechelen, Eva Ceulemans

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to describe variability in the shape and amplitude of intensity profiles of anger episodes and how it relates to duration, and to investigate whether this variability can be predicted on the basis of appraisals and emotion regulation strategies used. Participants were asked to report on a wide range of recollected anger episodes. By means of K-spectral centroid clustering, two prototypical shapes of anger intensity profiles were identified: early- and late-blooming episodes. Early-blooming episodes are relatively short and reach their peak immediately. These profiles are associated with low-importance events and adaptive regulation. Late-blooming episodes last longer and reach their peak (relatively) late in the episode. These profiles are related to high-importance events and maladaptive regulation. For both early- and late-blooming profiles, overall amplitude is positively associated with event importance and the use of maladaptive regulation strategies and negatively with the use of adaptive ones
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-177
Number of pages10
JournalCognition & Emotion
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Intensity profiles
  • Emotional experience
  • Time dynamics
  • Emotion regulation
  • Functional data analysis
  • SUBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL INTENSITY
  • EXPERIENCE
  • RUMINATION
  • DETERMINANTS
  • DISTRACTION
  • DURATION

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