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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (9) : 1643-1650     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01643
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Poignancy: Conception, Measurement and Related Studies Review
AO Lingmin;LV Houchao;PANG Xue
(1 School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China) (2 Chongqing City Management College, Chongqing 401331, China)
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Abstract  Poignancy is defined as a mixed emotional experience that arises when one is faced with meaningful endings, which means people can feel happy and sad at the same time or co-occurrence of positive and negative emotions. The concept of poignancy is based on the existence of mixed emotions. However, unlike other instances of mixed emotions, poignancy seems to be particular to the experience of meaningful endings, of no longer having something that one once had. Previous researches have operationalized the poignancy as the minimum between the happiness of positive emotion and the sadness of negative emotion. Socioemotional selectivity theory maintains, when people are aware of the finitude of time or aging, they are increasingly feeling more poignancy which will cause the positivity effect in attention. Prior studies reported that the experience of poignancy is generalizable across cultures and cultural specificity sometimes. In further studies, we should pay attention to the advancement of the gender differences and the cultural differences on poignancy to promote the application on the emotion management and psychological health education.
Keywords poignancy      mixed emotions      mixed-emotion experience      socioemotional selectivity theory     
Corresponding Authors: LV Houchao   
Issue Date: 15 September 2013
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AO Lingmin,LV Houchao,PANG Xue. Poignancy: Conception, Measurement and Related Studies Review[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(9): 1643-1650.
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