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Implicit Positive Emotion Counteracts Ego Depletion

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Previous researchers have shown that individual acts of self-regulation deplete individual psychological resources, resulting in poor subsequent self-regulation and ego depletion. It has also been shown that to counteract ego depletion, besides getting enough sleep or rest, positive emotions are important. In this study we aimed to establish whether or not implicit positive emotion is important in countering ego depletion. In 2 experiments measuring the duration of self-regulation after implicit positive emotion it was found that self-regulation counteracts ego depletion. Participants in an ego-depleted condition were exposed to subliminal positive stimuli and they persisted in subsequent self-regulation longer than another group of participants who were exposed to subliminal neutral stimuli.
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Keywords: BROADEN-AND-BUILD THEORY; EGO DEPLETION; IMPLICIT POSITIVE EMOTION; PSYCHOLOGICAL RESOURCES; SELF-REGULATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-08-01

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