Emotional Forecasting of Happiness

Emotion Regulation Strategies Among Members of End-Time Focused Jehovah’s Witnesses

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The aim of this study was to explore which group-based emotion regulation goals and strategies are offered in the group culture of Jehovah’s Witnesses (jws). Based on interviews with 29 group-active jws in Norway, a thematic analysis was conducted in which an overall pattern of cognition taking precedence over emotions was found. Due to end-time expectations and a long-term goal of eternal life in Paradise, future emotions were prioritized. The emotion regulation strategies identified among jws were social sharing and the interconnected cognitive reappraisal. A new concept, emotional forecasting, was introduced, describing a reappraisal tactic of regulation using prospects of future emotions to regulate the here and now. It was concluded that the prospection of the future is a strong regulator of emotions of the here and now and should be included in psychological models of emotion regulation.

Emotional Forecasting of Happiness

Emotion Regulation Strategies Among Members of End-Time Focused Jehovah’s Witnesses

in Archive for the Psychology of Religion



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