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Emoční komplexita

Title in English Emotional complexity


Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Ceskoslovenska Psychologie/Czechoslovak Psychology
Keywords emotional complexity; emotion; cognitive complexity; self-regulation of affect
Description The paper brings together current views on emotional complexity. Its aim is to introduce this term and its potential application with emphasis on cognitive aspects. Due to relatively high inconsistency in definitions of emotional complexity (and emotion in general), the following aspects of emotional complexity are presented: 1) dialecticism, 2) independence between experienced emotions, 3) emotional granularity, 4) level of emotional awareness. The relationship between emotional and cognitive complexity is discussed. Moreover, the methodologies employed most frequently description of past experience, experience sampling measures, emotion self-monitoring, and narrative approaches are debated with respect to their limitations. Lastly, the authors address the development of emotional complexity and related psychological constructs (e.g. emotion regulation). Examples from clinical populations are provided to illustrate an importance of emotional complexity in various psychological disorders and the usefulness of the concept in psychotherapy.

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