Stability and change in emotion-organization

MEK Wassink, ES Kunnen*, PG Heymans

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    This investigation is based on the assumption that a person's emotion-organization is a stable, idiosyncratic property of great importance in determining that person's distinctive characteristics. The two main issues are whether a stable emotion-organization can be found in the turmoil of everyday life and whether life events affect this organization. A sequence of 323 daily assessments of an emotion list by a 26-year-old woman justifies the conclusion that stable, meaningful clusters of emotions can be distinguished. Highly emotional events have an enduring effect upon the organization of these clusters.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Adult Development
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan-2004


    • adult development
    • emotions
    • emotion-organization
    • life event

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