Looking at or through rose-tinted glasses? Imagery perspective and positive mood.

@article{Holmes2008LookingAO,
  title={Looking at or through rose-tinted glasses? Imagery perspective and positive mood.},
  author={Emily A. Holmes and Anna E. Coughtrey and Abigail Connor},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2008},
  volume={8 6},
  pages={875-9}
}
We can imagine looking at ourselves (observer perspective) or through our own eyes (field perspective). Cognitive and clinical theories suggest that compared to field perspective, observer perspective imagery reduces emotional intensity, for example, of trauma memories. Tests of causality are lacking and less is known about perspective and positive emotion. Using contrasting experimental manipulations, participants imagined 100 positive descriptions from either (1) a field perspective or (2) an… CONTINUE READING

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