Socioemotional selectivity theory, aging, and health: the increasingly delicate balance between regulating emotions and making tough choices.

@article{Lckenhoff2004SocioemotionalST,
  title={Socioemotional selectivity theory, aging, and health: the increasingly delicate balance between regulating emotions and making tough choices.},
  author={Corinna E. L{\"o}ckenhoff and Laura L. Carstensen},
  journal={Journal of personality},
  year={2004},
  volume={72 6},
  pages={
          1395-424
        }
}
After providing an introductory overview of socioemotional selectivity theory, we review empirical evidence for its basic postulates and consider the implications of the predicted cognitive and behavioral changes for physical health. The main assertion of socioemotional selectivity theory is that when boundaries on time are perceived, present-oriented goals related to emotional meaning are prioritized over future-oriented goals aimed at acquiring information and expanding horizons. Such… CONTINUE READING
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