Regulating responses to anger: effects of rumination and distraction on angry mood.

@article{Rusting1998RegulatingRT,
  title={Regulating responses to anger: effects of rumination and distraction on angry mood.},
  author={Cheryl L. Rusting and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={74 3},
  pages={790-803}
}
Previous research has found that self-focused rumination maintains or increases depressed mood, whereas distraction decreases depressed mood (S. Nolen-Hoeksema & J. Morrow, 1993; S. Nolen-Hoeksema, J. Morrow, & B. L. Fredrickson, 1993). The present series of experiments examined these mood regulation strategies in the context of an angry mood. In Experiments 1 and 3, rumination increased anger, whereas distraction decreased or had no effect on anger. In Experiments 2 and 4, women were more… CONTINUE READING
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