Psychological Distancing: Why Happiness Helps You See the Big Picture
11 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2012
Date Written: 2009
We propose that a positive mood, by signaling that a situation is benign, might allow people to step back and take in the big picture. As a consequence, a positive mood might increase abstract construal and the adoption of abstract, future goals. In contrast, a negative mood, by signaling not only danger but also its imminence, might focus attention on immediate and proximal concerns and reduce the adoption of abstract, future goals.
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