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Emotion Regulation and Well-Being: A View from Different Angles

  • Ivan Nyklíček
  • Ad Vingerhoets
  • Marcel Zeelenberg
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Abstract

Emotion is essential in human functioning. Adequate emotion regulation (ER) is thought to be a prerequisite for adaptive functioning in daily life as well as for psychological well-being and health in general. Can some ER strategies be classified as adaptive while other strategies are maladaptive? What are the important factors determining the adaptive value of ER strategies and to what extent is such a classification generalizable across contexts? How does ER exactly relate to aspects of psychological well-being? These are some intriguing but complex questions that research has been focusing on. To this end, researchers have developed a variety of approaches and research methodologies.

In this volume three main approaches are extensively discussed. The first approach involves basic psychological processes that underlie adaptive ER and that are relevant for its association with psychological well-being. The second approach is aimed at studying the social context in which ER is taking place. Finally, the relevance of various forms of ER for psychological well-being in the clinical setting is discussed. It becomes clear that the study of the relation between ER and well-being is a broad and complex one. Although many insights have been obtained already, many still remain to be uncovered in future studies.

Keywords

Emotion Regulation Attachment Style Emotion Regulation Strategy Emotional Eating Adaptive Emotion Regulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivan Nyklíček
    • 1
  • Ad Vingerhoets
  • Marcel Zeelenberg
  1. 1.Center of Research on Psychology in Somatic disease (CoRPS)Tilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands

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