Are your emotions under your control or not? Implicit theories of emotion predict well-being via cognitive reappraisal

Ronnel Bornasal KING, Elmer D. DELA ROSA

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Abstract

Much of the research on implicit theories has focused on theories of intelligence. The aim of the present study was to examine how implicit theories of emotion were associated with positive and negative indicators of well-being via cognitive reappraisal. College students (n = 355) answered relevant questionnaires. Results indicated that entity theory of emotion (thinking that emotions are uncontrollable) was detrimental to well-being. Entity theory of emotion negatively predicted the use of reappraisal. Entity theory of emotion was positively associated with negative emotions, anxiety, and depression, while at the same time being negatively associated with life satisfaction and positive emotions. The effects of entity theory of emotion were partially mediated by cognitive reappraisal. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
LanguageEnglish
Pages177-182
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume138
Early online dateOct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

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King, R. B., & dela Rosa, E. D. (2019). Are your emotions under your control or not? Implicit theories of emotion predict well-being via cognitive reappraisal. Personality and Individual Differences, 138, 177-182. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.09.040

Keywords

  • Implicit theories of emotion
  • Implicit theories
  • Mindset
  • Self-theories
  • Well-being
  • Cognitive reappraisal