Composure at Any Cost? The Cognitive Consequences of Emotion Suppression

  title={Composure at Any Cost? The Cognitive Consequences of Emotion Suppression},
  author={J. Richards and J. Gross},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1033 - 1044}
  • J. Richards, J. Gross
  • Published 1999
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • We frequently try to appear less emotional than we really are, such as when we are angry with our spouse at a dinner party, disgusted by a boss’s sexist comments during a meeting, or amused by a friend’s embarrassing faux pas in public. Attempts at emotion suppression doubtless have social benefits. However, suppression may do more than change how we look: It also may change how we think. Two studies tested the hypothesis that emotion suppression has cognitive consequences. Study 1 showed that… CONTINUE READING
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