Benefitting from a different perspective: The effect of a complementary matching of psychological distance and habitual perspective on emotion regulation

Ya Ling Wang, Yi Cheng Lin*, Chin Lan Huang, Kuang Hui Yeh

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摘要

Psychological distance in terms of its purpose as a psychological adjustment is currently not well understood. Some researchers claim that psychological distance serves as an emotion regulator, while others argue that psychological distance has the reverse effect, leading to cognitive avoidance and rumination. To elucidate upon this discrepancy, we propose that a complementary matching of psychological distance to one's habitual psychological distance perspective may lead to better emotion regulation when compared to the original perspective (i.e. fixing on either psychological immersion or distance). This study hypothesizes that a complementary matching of psychological distance to one's habitual perspective generally leads to better emotion regulation; specifically, individuals with high avoidant attachment, who habitually distance themselves from their experiences, may benefit from psychological immersion, while individuals with high anxious attachment, who habitually immerse themselves in their experiences, may benefit from psychological distancing. A total of 83 participants completed measures of adult attachment orientations; read a conflict scenario, triggering their attachment systems; and then rewrote that scenario using designated pronouns, thereby employing psychological immersion or psychological distance. Participants in the self-immersed condition were asked to write from the first-person perspective, whereas those in the self-distancing condition were asked to write from the third-person perspective. The results support our hypothesis of a complementary matching of psychological distance and habitual perspective.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)198-207
頁數10
期刊Asian Journal of Social Psychology
15
發行號3
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2012 9月
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 社會心理學
  • 社會科學 (全部)

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