The Peculiar Longevity of Things Not So Bad

  title={The Peculiar Longevity of Things Not So Bad},
  author={Daniel T. Gilbert and Matthew D. Lieberman and Carey K. Morewedge and Timothy D. Wilson},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={14 - 19}
Intense hedonic states trigger psychological processes that are designed to attenuate them, and thus intense states may abate more quickly than mild states. Because people are unaware of these psychological processes, they may mistakenly expect intense states to last longer than mild ones. In Study 1, participants predicted that the more they initially disliked a transgressor, the longer their dislike would last. In Study 2, participants predicted that their dislike for a transgressor who hurt… 

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