Essay about Emotional And Emotional Effects Of Emotional Granularity

895 Words Dec 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Emotional granularity is the ability to describe one’s emotional experiences while being sensitive to both valence and level of arousal. For instance, those high in emotional granularity can effectively distinguish anger and sadness from a general unpleasantry, or excitement versus calmness from feeling “good.” The most common method used to assess emotional granularity is to have participants rate the intensity (e.g., 1 = very slightly, 5 = extremely) to which they experience a variety of emotions on several occasions (e.g., daily). Those with higher granularity would be expected to have more variation of intensities at each measurement. For instance, they will be less likely to simultaneously indicate feeling sad and angry at an intensity of “5”, since this would indicate a lack of differentiation between valences. Several problems come to mind regarding the reliability and validity this method. One, this approach assumes that individuals are unable to feel two emotions at once, which is itself an area of controversy within the emotion literature. Therefore, individuals who do indicate feeling sad and angry, who may very well feel both of those emotions (to an extent) at the same time, may be labeled as having low granularity, despite the fact that they may be truly aware and capable of differentiating multiple emotions at once. Another limitation with this approach is that providing individuals with options potentially biases their choices; would participants have…

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