Mood and Temperament

Mood and Temperament

Mood and Temperament

Mood and Temperament

Synopsis

"This volume presents a comprehensive framework for understanding short-term mood fluctuations and their relationship to longer-term differences in temperament and emotionality. David Watson integrates key findings from both literatures within the context of his ongoing 20-year research program on daily mood. This book will be of interest to a broad audience of clinical professionals, as well as students, educators, and researchers working in the areas of emotion, personality, psychopathology, and health psychology. It also will serve as a text in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

When I began graduate school in 1975, scientific psychology still focused primarily on the study of behavior. The topics of mood, emotion, and temperament attracted very little attention from researchers; indeed, many psychologists believed that they were of little real importance and did not merit serious scientific scrutiny. The situation had not changed much in late 1979, when I began my first major study of daily mood. I therefore approached this study (which also was the basis for my doctoral dissertation) with more than a little apprehension, wondering if I was consigning my career to a peripheral domain that never would be valued highly by my colleagues.

Fortunately, things have worked out much better than I feared. Indeed, since that time, there has been an [affective explosion] within psychology, which finally has acknowledged the central importance of affect in human experience. During the 1980s and 1990s, thousands of articles, books, and book chapters have examined various aspects of short-term mood fluctuations and longer-term individual differences in temperament and emotionality. The purpose of this book is to summarize the key findings from this newly emerging literature, using my own ongoing 20year research program as an organizing framework. In doing so, I have attempted to give the reader a basic overview of this immense body of scientific evidence.

I felt it was particularly important to present theory and research . . .

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