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Positive EmotionIntegrating the Light Sides and Dark Sides$
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June Gruber and Judith Tedlie Moskowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926725

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926725.001.0001

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Positive Emotion Disturbance in Bipolar Disorder across the Life span

Positive Emotion Disturbance in Bipolar Disorder across the Life span

(p.434) Chapter 23 Positive Emotion Disturbance in Bipolar Disorder across the Life span
Positive Emotion

Elizabeth J. Reeves

Ellen Leibenluft

June Gruber

Oxford University Press

While much is understood about the benefits of adaptive positive emotion and the ways we experience and manage it, less is known about how positive emotional processes can go awry. In this chapter, we examine bipolar disorder (BD) as a clinical model for maladaptive positive emotion, given the extreme states of positive emotion and accompanying impairment associated with the disorder. We highlight two key factors that may be implicated in positive emotion disturbance in this population across the lifespan; namely, the degree to which positive emotions are experienced (i.e., positive emotion reactivity) and the ways in which they are managed (i.e., positive emotion regulation). Finally, we conclude by evaluating implications for the etiology and treatment of BD and suggest a roadmap for future research.

Keywords:   positive emotion, emotion regulation, bipolar disorder, mania, psychopathology, lifespan

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