Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 105–121 | Cite as

Dueling Experiences and Dual Ambivalences: Emotional and Motivational Ambivalence of Women in High Status Positions

  • Christina T. Fong
  • Larissa Z. Tiedens


A laboratory study demonstrates that women in high status positions experience emotional ambivalence (simultaneous experience of positive and negative affect) and motivational ambivalence (simultaneous desires to build relationships and display power). These effects were found with 2 different measures of ambivalence, 1 derived from the attitudinal ambivalence literature and the other from the structure of affect literature. These findings have implications about the experience of women in the workplace, as well as the current debates concerning structure of affect.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina T. Fong
    • 1
  • Larissa Z. Tiedens
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of BusinessStanford UniversityStanford

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