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Title:Don't Worry, Be Happy? Neuroticism, Trait -Consistent Mood Regulation, and Performance
Author(s):Tamir, Maya
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ed Diener
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Social
Abstract:People regulate their mood to feel good or to achieve instrumental success (e.g., Martin, 2000). The present studies show that when driven by performance goals, people can be motivated to experience unpleasant mood states when they are trait-consistent, because of their instrumental benefits (Tamir, Robinson, & Clore, 2002). In 4 studies, neurotic individuals preferred to increase their level of worry, as indicated both by self-reported preferences (Study 1) and by actual behavior in experimental settings (Studies 2--4). As predicted, such preferences were evident only when expecting to perform cognitively demanding tasks but not when expecting a non-demanding task (Study 2). Study 4 provides initial evidence that such anti-hedonic mood regulation may lead to beneficial effects on performance.
Issue Date:2004
Description:65 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3153440
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004

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