He is infamous for his tirades against players officials fans and the media

He is infamous for his tirades against players

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He is infamous for his tirades against players, officials, fans, and the media. Clearly, he is easily moved to experience anger. But take Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, who is known for his relatively distant, unemotional, analytical nature. He rarely displays anger. So Bobby Knight and Bill Gates have tendencies to experience a particular mood or emotion. But, as we mentioned earlier, some people are predisposed to experience any emotion more intensely. Such people are high on affect intensity , or “individual differences in the strength with which individuals expe- rience their emotions.” 36 While most people might feel slightly sad at one movie or be mildly amused at another, someone high on affect intensity would cry like a baby at a sad movie and laugh uncontrollably at a comedy. We might describe such people as “emotional” or “intense.” So, emotions differ in their
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CHAPTER 8 Emotions and Moods 267 intensity, but people also differ in how predisposed they are to experience emo- tions intensely. If a person gets really mad at a coworker, he would be experi- encing an emotion intensely. But if that person gets mad, or excited, really eas- ily, then he would be high on the personality trait of affect intensity. Also, positive events are more likely to affect the positive mood and positive emotions of extraverts, and negative events are more likely to influence the neg- ative mood and negative emotions of those scoring low on emotional stability. 37 To illustrate, let’s say there are two friends who work together—Paul and Alex. Paul scores high on extraversion and emotional stability. Alex scores low on both. One day at work, Paul and Alex learn they’re going to earn a commission for a sale their work group made. Later the same day, their boss stops by and yells at them for no apparent reason. In this situation, you’d expect Paul’s posi- tive affect to increase more than Alex’s because Paul is more extraverted and attends more to the good news of the day. Conversely, you’d expect Alex’s neg- ative affect to increase more than Paul’s because Alex scores lower on emo- tional stability and therefore tends to dwell on the negative event that day. Day of the Week and Time of the Day Most people are at work or school Monday through Friday. For most of us, that means the weekend is a time of relaxation and leisure. Does that suggest that people are in their best moods on the weekends? Well, actually, yes. As Exhibit 8-3 shows, people tend to be in positivity offset Tendency of most individuals to experience a mildly positive mood at zero input (when nothing in particular is going on). affect intensity Individual differences in the strength with which individuals experience their emotions. Negative moods are highest on Sundays and Mondays and fall throughout the week Positive moods are highest at the end of the week Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat.
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