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Designing Positive PsychologyTaking Stock and Moving Forward$
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Kennon M. Sheldon, Todd B. Kashdan, and Michael F. Steger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373585

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.001.0001

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Beyond Pleasure and Pain? Emotion Regulation and Positive Psychology

Beyond Pleasure and Pain? Emotion Regulation and Positive Psychology

(p.89) 6 Beyond Pleasure and Pain? Emotion Regulation and Positive Psychology
Designing Positive Psychology

Maya Tamir

James J. Gross

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the fields of emotion regulation and positive psychology have been dominated by a hedonic view of optimal functioning. It first discusses the contributions of the hedonic view to both fields, and then considers its critical limitations. It then points to a broader conception of optimal functioning, which is based on a motivated view of human nature. It describes a new approach to emotion regulation that is based on this broader conception of optimal functioning and review related to empirical evidence. The chapter concludes with the hope that the instrumental approach to emotion regulation might stimulate a similar shift in positive psychology, toward a broader view of optimal functioning that acknowledges—but moves beyond—pleasure and pain.

Keywords:   emotion regulation, positive psychology, optimal functioning, instrumental approach

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