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Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides

June Gruber and Judith Tedlie Moskowitz


This book offers a comprehensive summary of current theoretical and empirical work on positive emotion and provides empirical examples of the “light side’ or adaptive benefits of positive emotion according to the degree, context (health, social relationships, coping), and type of adaptive outcome. It also provides empirical examples of the “dark side’ or maladaptive aspects of positive emotion organized according to the degree, context, type and reasons for pursuing positive emotion in healthy and clinical populations. It discusses therapeutic applications regarding how to cultivate and foster ... More

Keywords: positive emotion, emotion, happiness, emotional state, emotional well-being, psychology

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199926725
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

June Gruber, editor
Yale University

Judith Tedlie Moskowitz, editor
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

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Part 1 Introduction

Chapter 1 Seeing it All

June Gruber, Hillary C. Devlin, and Judith Tedlie Moskowitz

Part 2 Unpacking Recent Discoveries in Positive Emotion

Chapter 2 The Psychological Construction of Positive Emotion as a Window into Well-Being

Paul Condon, Christine Wilson-Mendenhall, and Lisa Feldman Barrett

Chapter 3 Origins and Functions of Positive Affect

Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier, and Sheri L. Johnson

Chapter 5 The Role of Positive Affect on Thinking and Decision-Making

Judith Tedlie Moskowitz, Margaret S. Clark, Anthony D. Ong, and June Gruber

Chapter 6 Another Little Piece of My Heart

Michelle N. Shiota, and Alexander F. Danvers

Chapter 7 Positive Emotion and the Brain

Tabitha Kirkland Turowski, Vincent Y. Man, and William A. Cunningham

Part 3 The Light Side: When and Why Are Positive Emotions Good for Us?

Chapter 10 The Dark and Light Sides of Humor

Andrea C. Samson, and James J. Gross

Chapter 11 Positive Affect

Sarah D. Pressman, and Stephanie L. Bowlin

Chapter 13 Positive Affect and Adolescent Development

Dana L. McMakin, and Ronald E. Dahl

Chapter 14 Older and Happier?

Monika Lohani, Mary Jo Larcom, and Derek M. Isaacowitz

Chapter 15 Positive Emotions in the Aftermath of Loss

Anthony D. Ong, George A. Bonanno, and C. S. Bergeman

Part 4 The Dark Side: When Positive Emotion Goes Wrong

Chapter 18 Turning the Tables

Margaret S. Clark, and Joan K. Monin

Chapter 19 The Cultural Shaping of Happiness

Jeanne Tsai, and Bokyung Park

Chapter 22 Positive Affect Systems in Depression

Greg Siegle, Erika Forbes, and Jennifer Silk

Chapter 23 Positive Emotion Disturbance in Bipolar Disorder across the Life span

Elizabeth J. Reeves, Ellen Leibenluft, and June Gruber

Chapter 24 Positive Emotion

Adam W. Carrico

Part 5 Just Right: Cultivating Healthy Positive Emotion

Chapter 25 The How, Why, What, When, and Who of Happiness

Kristin Layous, and Sonja Lyubomirsky

Chapter 26 Mindfulness and Balanced Positive Emotion

Richard BrÄnstrÖm, and Larissa G. Duncan

Chapter 27 Positive Affect Interventions to Reduce Stress

Laura R. Saslow, Michael Cohn, and Judith Tedlie Moskowitz

Part 6 Conclusions

Chapter 28 Positive Emotions

Barbara L. Fredrickson

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