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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (11) : 1802-1810     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01802
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The positive effects of defocusing on experienced well-being and its mechanism
LI Aimei; LI Xin; XIONG Guanxing; SUN Hailong; TAN Lei
(Management School, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China)
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Defocusing is a strategy to reduce focusing illusion by diverting individual’s attention away from focal events or factors. How to make use of defocusing to improve our experienced well-being has become a focus in positive psychology. Defocusing can significantly alleviate different types of negative emotions, and its mechanism can be explained by distraction hypothesis and emotional processing theory. Furthermore, we recommend that future researches pay attention to the comparison of generic defocusing and self-relevant defocusing, the subsequent impact of defocusing on experienced well-being and the influence of re-focusing on experienced well-being.

Keywords defocusing      negative emotions      experienced well-being      distraction hypothesis      emotional processing theory     
Corresponding Authors: XIONG Guanxing, E-mail:; LI Aimei, E-mail:    
Issue Date: 15 November 2016
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LI Aimei,LI Xin,XIONG Guanxing, et al. The positive effects of defocusing on experienced well-being and its mechanism[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(11): 1802-1810.
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