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dc.contributor.authorSummerville, Amyen_US
dc.contributor.authorRoese, Neal J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-07T20:59:06Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-10T15:09:39Z
dc.date.available2011-02-07T20:59:06Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-07-10T15:09:39Z
dc.date.issued2011-02-07en_US
dc.identifier.citationMotivation and Emotion (2008), 32, 46-54.en_US
dc.identifier.uri
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2374.MIA/4409en_US
dc.description.abstractWhat 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.subjectregreten_US
dc.subjectcounterfactualen_US
dc.subjectaffecten_US
dc.subjectemotionen_US
dc.titlePraise for regret: people value regret above other negative emotionsen_US
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dc.date.published2008en_US
dc.type.genreArticleen_US


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