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Social cognition and emotions
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Predicting Emotions (Affective Forecasting) Durability Bias Tendency for people to overestimate the duration of their emotions Examples: Football Election Romance
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The Forecasts of Loners Three groups reported current happiness: Loners – Not in a relationship New Lovers – In a relationship for less than 6 months Old Lovers – In a relationship for more than 6 months Loners also predicted how happy they would be 6 months after entering a relationship
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Forecasts of Lovers New Lovers Old Lovers Loners Loner’s Prediction Happiness 8 7 6 5 4
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The Forecasts of Luckies Three groups reported current happiness: Luckies – Never had a break-up Young Leftovers – Break-up in last 3 months Old Leftovers – Break-up over 3 months ago
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Unformatted text preview: Luckies predicted how happy they would be 3 months after a breakup Forecasts of Luckies Young Leftovers Old Leftovers Luckies Luckies Predictions Happiness 8 7 6 5 4 Why do people show a durability bias? Focalism People focus on the predicted event to the exclusion of others Immune Neglect People have a natural system for coping with bad events and escaping negative moods Ego defense, rationalization, motivated reasoning, positive illusions, self-serving attributions, self-deception, self-enhancement, downward comparisons. .. The Psychological Immune System Defense mechanisms are for the mind what the immune system is for the body (Vaillant, 1993) Mind...
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This note was uploaded on 01/02/2010 for the course SOP 3004 taught by Professor Champers during the Fall '09 term at University of Florida.

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