Forecasting the duration of emotions: a motivational account and self-other differences

André Mata*, Cláudia Simão, Ana Rita Farias, Andreas Steimer

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This research investigates the forecasts that people make about the duration of positive versus negative emotions, and tests whether these forecasts differ for self versus for others. Consistent with a motivated thinking framework, six studies show that people make optimistic, asymmetric forecasts that positive emotions will last longer than negative ones. However, for other people, wishful thinking is absent, and therefore people make less optimistic, more symmetric forecasts. Potential implications of these motivated forecasts and self other differences are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-519
Number of pages17
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • Affective forecasting
  • Motivated reasoning
  • Selfother differences


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