The unique relations between emotional awareness and facets of affective instability

Renee J. Thompson, Mügé Dizén, Howard Berenbaum

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The relation between affective instability and two facets of emotional awareness, attention to emotion and clarity of emotion, was examined in two community samples (Ns = 303, 101) and one student sample (N = 409). Affective instability was positively associated with attention to emotion and negatively associated with clarity of emotion. The two facets of affective instability, affect intensity and emotional variability, were differentially associated with the two components of emotional awareness. As hypothesized, affect intensity was uniquely associated with attention to emotion, whereas emotional variability was uniquely (inversely) associated with clarity of emotion even after taking into account shared variance with neuroticism and gender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)875-879
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Affect intensity
  • Affective instability
  • Emotional awareness
  • Lability
  • Variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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