Toward a Science of Mood Regulation

  title={Toward a Science of Mood Regulation},
  author={Randy J. Larsen},
  journal={Psychological Inquiry},
  pages={129 - 141}
  • R. Larsen
  • Published 1 July 2000
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Inquiry
Mood is distinguished from emotion, and mood regulation is distinguished from coping. A model of mood regulation is presented which draws on principles of control theory, which distinguishes between maximizing pleasure and minimizing psychic pain, and which emphasizes individual differences in several component subprocesses. A preliminary taxonomy of strategies and behaviors for remediating unpleasant affect is presented. Important topics for future research are discussed, including the… 
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