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The article “What Do People Want to Feel and Why?: Pleasure and Utility in Emotion Regulation”, researched by Maya Tamir (2009), discusses a relatively new idea to the science of psychology that emotions, which are regulated by an individual either consciously or unconsciously, are dependant not solely on the basis that the person likes to feel happy emotions but also on that individuals’ long and short-term goals, based on pleasure and utility. It is therefore suggested that, for utilitarian purposes, an individual will endure unpleasant feelings in order to achieve a pleasurable long-term goal. Common Source Article Critiqué Summary In this article, the author applies the theory that individuals will actually demonstrate a desire for negative emotions, when these said emotions encourage the attainment of certain long-term goals (Tamir, 2009). The hypothesis the author uses to support this theory is if emotions are regulated for influential purposes, individuals should prefer to exhibit enjoyable emotions when the immediate benefits are more important than the future benefits, but when future benefits are more important than immediate benefits, people may desire to exhibit more useful emotions, even if they convey a negative connotation (Tamir, 2009). Review In this article, the author tested to observe whether or not it is ideal to feel angry when pursuing a confrontational goal. The subjects were instructed to listen to angry, exciting, or neutral kinds of music before being instructed to play both a confrontational and non-confrontational game (Tamir, 2009). For this study, the independent variable was the different kinds of music and the dependant variable was the subject’s performance in relation to the video games... ... middle of paper ... ...ne by the studies performed by the author and their results consistently supporting the hypothesis. Personally, I also tend to agree with the author through personal experience. For example, when I am preparing for a workout I tend to gravitate to play more angry music to get me ready to go through the pain of working out to reach my long-term goal of continuing to be in shape. I believe that the phrase to “get in the mood” also supports the author’s theory and hypothesis because even though some of these feelings and emotions are not desirable if they help you perform better in the long run they can be very useful in the right situation. Works Cited Tamir, M. (2009). What do people what to feel and why?: Pleasure and utility in emotion regulation. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18(2), 101-105. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2009.01617.x
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