Hedonic and Instrumental Motives in Anger Regulation

  title={Hedonic and Instrumental Motives in Anger Regulation},
  author={Maya Tamir and Christopher Joseph Mitchell and James Jonathan Gross},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={324 - 328}
What motivates individuals to regulate their emotions? One answer, which has been highlighted in emotion-regulation research, is that individuals are motivated by short-term hedonic goals (e.g., the motivation to feel pleasure). Another answer, however, is that individuals are motivated by instrumental goals (e.g., the motivation to perform certain behaviors). We suggest that both answers have merit. To demonstrate the role instrumental goals may play in emotion regulation, we pitted short-term… 

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