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Positive EmotionIntegrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides$
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June Gruber and Judith Tedlie Moskowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926725

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926725.001.0001

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Shared and Differentiating Features of the Positive Emotion Domain

Shared and Differentiating Features of the Positive Emotion Domain

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(p.52) Chapter 4 Shared and Differentiating Features of the Positive Emotion Domain
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Positive Emotion
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Belinda Campos

Dacher Keltner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926725.003.0004

To understand positive emotions and their relevance for particular psychological processes and outcomes, it is necessary to systematically study the similarities and differences that characterize the positive emotion domain. The goal of this chapter is to describe findings generated by research that has focused on identifying the positive emotion domain and examining its interrelationships in terms of subjective experience, behavioral displays, and physiology. As part of this review, we focus on our own recent work that suggests that the positive emotion domain may be a hierarchical structure rooted in one shared quality—positive valence—that branches outwards into states characterized by varying degrees of differentiation in subjective experience, behavioral displays, and physiology. We conclude by considering the possible contribution of eight states that we have studied— amusement, awe, contentment, gratitude, interest, joy, love, and pride— to the light and dark sides of human life.

Keywords:   positive emotion, differentiation, amusement, awe, contentment, gratitude, interest, joy, love, pride

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