Mixed Emotional Experience Is Associated with and Precedes Improvements in Psychological Well-Being
by Jonathan M. Adler, Hal E. Hershfield
The relationships between positive and negative emotional experience and physical and psychological well-being have been well-documented. The present study examines the prospective positive relationship between concurrent positive and negative emotional experience and psychological well-being in the context of psychotherapy.
47 adults undergoing psychotherapy completed measures of psychological well-being and wrote private narratives that were coded by trained raters for emotional content.
The specific concurrent experience of happiness and sadness was associated with improvements in psychological well-being above and beyond the impact of the passage of time, personality traits, or the independent effects of happiness and sadness. Changes in mixed emotional experience preceded improvements in well-being.
Experiencing happiness alongside sadness in psychotherapy may be a harbinger of improvement in psychological well-being.
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