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Praise for regret: people value regret above other negative emotions

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dc.contributor.author Summerville, Amy en_US
dc.contributor.author Roese, Neal J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-07T20:59:06Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-10T15:09:39Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-07T20:59:06Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-07-10T15:09:39Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-07 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Motivation and Emotion (2008), 32, 46-54. en_US
dc.identifier.uri
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2374.MIA/4409 en_US
dc.description.abstract What do people think about the emotion of regret? Recent demonstrations of the psychological benefits of regret have been framed against an assumption that most people find regret to be aversive, both when experienced but also when recalled later. Two studies explored lay evaluations of regret experiences, revealing them to be largely favorable rather than unfavorable. Study 1 demonstrated that regret, but not other negative emotions, was dominated by positive more than negative evaluations. In both Studies 1 and 2, although participants saw a great deal of benefit from their negative emotions, regret stood out as particularly beneficial. Indeed, in Study 2, regret was seen to be the most beneficial of 12 negative emotions on all five functions of: making sense of past experiences, facilitating approach behaviors, facilitating avoidance behaviors, gaining insights into the self, and in preserving social harmony. Moreover, in Study 2, individuals made self-serving ascriptions of regret, reporting greater regret experiences for themselves than for others. In short, people value their regrets substantially more than they do other negative emotions. en_US
dc.subject regret en_US
dc.subject counterfactual en_US
dc.subject affect en_US
dc.subject emotion en_US
dc.title Praise for regret: people value regret above other negative emotions en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.date.published 2008 en_US
dc.type.genre Article en_US


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