Adopting a positive attitude as a way of life will help you cope more easily with your daily affairs of life, and would bring constructive changes into your life.
Measurement[ edit ] There are many instruments that can be used to measure negative affectivity, including measures of related concepts, such as neuroticism and trait anxiety.
Internal consistency reliabilities between. The I-PANAS-SF was developed to eliminate redundant and ambiguous items and thereby derive an efficient measure for general use in research situations where either time or space are limited, or where international populations are of interest but where English may not be the mother tongue.
These developments are a remarkable departure from past psychological research, which is characterized by a unilateral emphasis on the benefits of positive affect. This allows one to feel every type of emotion, which is regarded as a normal part of life and human nature.
So, while the emotions themselves are viewed as negative, the individual experiencing them should not be classified as a negative person or depressed. They are going through a normal process and are feeling something that many individuals may not be able to feel or process due to differing problems.
These findings complement evolutionary psychology theories that affective states serve adaptive functions in promoting suitable cognitive strategies to deal with environmental challenges.
Negative affect is connected with accommodative, bottom-up processing in response to unfamiliar, or problematic environments. Conversely, negative affectivity promotes controlled, analytic approaches that rely on externally drawn information.
Negative affectivity's analytical and detailed processing of information leads to fewer reconstructive-memory errors, whereas positive mood relies on broader schematic to thematic information that ignores detail.
Evolutionary theories propose that negative affective states tend to increase skepticism and decrease reliance on preexisting knowledge. Sadness correlates with feeling blue or the creation of tears, while excitement may cause a spike in blood pressure and one's pulse.
As far as judgment goes, most people think about how they themselves feel about a certain situation. They will jump right to their current mood when asked a question. However, some mistake this process when using their current mood to justify a reaction to a stimulus. If you're sad, yet only a little bit, chances are your reactions and input will be negative as a whole.
Impression formation[ edit ] First impressions are one of the most basic forms of judgments people make on a daily basis; yet judgment formation is a complex and fallible process.
Negative affect is shown to decrease errors in forming impressions based on presuppositions.
Research demonstrates that positive affect tends to increase the halo effect, whereas negative affect decreases it. In the study, researchers sorted participants into either happy or sad groups using an autobiographical mood induction task in which participants reminisced on sad or happy memories.
The fake writer was evaluated on intelligence and competence. The positive affect group exhibited a strong halo effect, rating the male writer significantly higher than the female writer in competence.
Researchers concluded that impression formation is improved by negative affect. Negative affect stimulates bottom-up, systematic analysis that reduces fundamental attribution error. Participants were informed that the debater was assigned a stance to take in the essay that did not necessarily reflect his views.
They were also rated as unlikeable compared to debaters with popular stances, thus, demonstrating FAE. In contrast, the data for the negative affect group displayed no significant difference in ratings for debaters with popular stance and debaters with unpopular stances.
Participants had to make rapid decisions to shoot only at targets carrying a gun. As expected, there was a significant bias against Muslim targets resulting in a tendency to shoot at them. Positive affect groups developed more aggressive tendencies toward Muslims. First, music was used to induce positive, negative, or neutral affect in participants.
As expected, the negative affect group performed better in veracity judgments than the positive affect group who performed no better than chance. However, the externally focused and accommodative processing of negative affect has a positive effect on the overall improvement of memory.
This evidenced by reduction of the misinformation effect and the number of false memories reported. Misinformation effect[ edit ] Negative affect has been shown to decrease susceptibility of incorporating misleading information, which is related to the misinformation effect.
When recollections are influenced by the prodding or expectations of others creating false memories. When a witness gets confused and misattributes the misinformation to the original event.
Also defined as the retroactive interference: When later information interferes with the ability to retain previously encoded information. This is seen through reduced amounts of incorporation of false memories when misleading information is present.
On the other hand, positive affect has shown to increase susceptibility to misleading information. An experiment with undergraduate students supported these results. Participants began the study in a lecture hall and witnessed what they thought was an unexpected five-minute belligerent encounter between an intruder and the lecturer.
A week later, these participants watched a minute-long video that generated either a positive, negative or neutral mood.10 Signs You Know What Matters.
Values are what bring distinction to your life. You don't find them, you choose them. And when you do, you're on the path to fulfillment. Why it is exactly that we buy in to the negative side of things with more alacrity than the positive is a difficult question to answer; nonetheless, it's what happens.
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Of course, there’s nothing inherently positive or negative about traffic, weather, or bill paying. As the saying goes, “it is what it is.” It’s the way you choose to relate to your circumstances that makes the experience positive or negative.
Negative affectivity (NA), or negative affect, is a personality variable that involves the experience of negative emotions and poor self-concept. Negative affectivity subsumes a variety of negative emotions, including anger, contempt, disgust, guilt, fear,  and nervousness.
But as a positive person, you never let these thoughts take over your life. You live the four-to-one ratio: You generate four positive thoughts for every negative one, to keep situations from getting out of hand.