Emotion norms, display rules, and regulation in the Akan society of Ghana: An exploration using proverbs

Vivian A. DZOKOTO, Annabella OSEI-TUTU, Jane J. KYEI, Maxwell TWUM-ASANTE, Dzifa A. ATTAH, Daniel Kwasi AHORSU

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Abstract

Proverbs are widely used by the Akan of West Africa. The current study thematically analyzed an Akan proverb compendium for proverbs containing emotion references. Of the identified proverbs, a focus on negative emotions was most typical. Emotion-focused proverbs highlighted four emotion regulation strategies: change in cognition, response modulation, situation modification, and situation selection. A subset of proverbs addressed emotion display rules restricting the expression of emotions such as pride, and emotional contagion associated with emotions such as shame. Additional themes including: social context influences on the expression and experience of emotion; expectations of emotion limits; as well as the nature of emotions were present in the proverb collection. In general, Akan emotion-related proverbs stress individual-level responsibility for affect regulation in interpersonal interactions and societal contexts. Copyright © 2018 Dzokoto, Osei-Tutu, Kyei, Twum-Asante, Attah and Ahorsu.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1916
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Citation

Dzokoto, V. A., Osei-Tutu, A., Kyei, J. J., Twum-Asante, M., Attah, D. A., & Ahorsu, D. K. (2018). Emotion norms, display rules, and regulation in the Akan society of Ghana: An exploration using proverbs. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01916

Keywords

  • Culture
  • Emotion
  • Africa
  • Emotion regulation
  • Emotion display rules

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