Opportunities and challenges for the emerging field of positive emotion regulation: A commentary on the special edition on positive emotions in psychopathology
Cognitive Therapy and Research
Springer Verlag (Germany)
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The importance of developing a better understanding of positive emotion regulation in both healthy and clinical populations is now recognised. This special edition brings together leading figures in the positive emotion regulation field and has contributions characterizing positive phenomena, differentiating them from negative phenomena, and evaluating underlying psychological mechanisms that drive these phenomena. This commentary reviews these articles to highlight challenges and opportunities for this emerging field, including the need to standardise the measures of positive constructs, to evaluate more robustly underlying mechanisms, to be more explicit about how the links between negative and positive phenomena are conceptualised, and to ensure that these scientific findings lead to meaningful changes in real-world policy and practice.
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Published online 23 February 2017