Emotional reactivity to everyday problems, affective inertia, and neuroticism

  • Suls J
  • Green P
  • Hillis S
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Abstract

A naturalistic diary recording study was conducted to assess affective responses to everyday stress. 42 community-residing male participants (aged 25–42 yrs) made diary recordings regarding problem occurrence and mood several times a day for 8 days. In addition to reporting more frequent daily problems, persons scoring high in neuroticism were more reactive to stressors and were more distressed by recurrent problems than were persons scoring low in neuroticism. New problems affected everyone comparably. There was also evidence of affective inertia, such that load mood was more likely to carry over to the next assessment. This lag effect tended to be stronger among more neurotic individuals. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Jerry Suls

  • Peter Green

  • Stephen Hillis

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