Emotional distress regulation takes precedence over impulse control: if you feel bad, do it!

  title={Emotional distress regulation takes precedence over impulse control: if you feel bad, do it!},
  author={Dianne M. Tice and Ellen Bratslavsky and Roy F. Baumeister},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={80 1},
Why do people's impulse controls break down during emotional distress? Some theories propose that distress impairs one's motivation or one's ability to exert self-control, and some postulate self-destructive intentions arising from the moods. Contrary to those theories, Three experiments found that believing that one's bad mood was frozen (unchangeable) eliminated the tendency to eat fattening snacks (Experiment 1), seek immediate gratification (Experiment 2), and engage in frivolous… 

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