What you are feeling and why: Two distinct types of emotional clarity

Matthew Tyler Boden, Howard Berenbaum

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Abstract

Individual difference approaches have typically treated emotional clarity (i.e., one's understanding of one's own emotions) as a unitary construct. Based on strong theoretical reasons, in this study we explored two related aspects of emotional clarity in a student sample. The first, type awareness, refers to the extent to which people typically can identify and distinguish the types of emotions they experience. The second, source awareness, refers to the extent to which people typically know the causes of their emotions. We psychometrically distinguished self-report items of source and type awareness. Items measuring type awareness were obtained from traditional measures of the construct, clarity of emotions. As no existing measures assess individual differences in source awareness, we developed a set of items with strong face validity. Our results provide initial evidence that one can measure source and type awareness separately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-656
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Alexithymia
  • Emotional awareness
  • Emotional clarity
  • Source of emotions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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