Limited time perspective increases the value of calm
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Previous findings indirectly suggest that the more people perceive their time in life as limited, the more they value calm. No study, however, has directly tested this hypothesis. To this end, using a combination of survey, experience sampling, and experimental methods, we examined the relationship between future time perspective and the affective states that people ideally want to feel (i.e., their "ideal affect"). In Study 1, the more people reported a limited time perspective, the more they wanted to feel calm and experience other low-arousal positive states. In Study 2, participants were randomly assigned to a limited time or an expanded time condition. Participants in the limited time condition reported valuing calm and other low arousal positive states more than those in the expanded time condition. We discuss the implications of these findings for broadening our understanding of the factors that shape how people ideally want to feel, and their consequences for decision making.

Author(s): 
Jiang, Da
Fung, Helene H.
Sims, Tamara
Tsai, Jeanne L.
Zhang, Fan
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Emotion (Washington, D.C.)
Journal Abbreviation: 
Emotion
Publication Date: 
2016-02
Publication Year: 
2016
Pages: 
52-62
Volume: 
16
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
1931-1516
DOI: 
10.1037/emo0000094
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 26214569

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Da Jiang, Helene H. Fung, Tamara Sims, Jeanne L. Tsai and Fan Zhang. 2016-02. "Limited time perspective increases the value of calm." Emotion (Washington, D.C.) 16: 1: 52-62. 10.1037/emo0000094.

Wikipedia Citation

<ref> {{Cite journal | doi = 10.1037/emo0000094 | issn = 1931-1516 | volume = 16 | pages = 52-62 | last = Jiang | first = Da | coauthors = Fung, Helene H., Sims, Tamara, Tsai, Jeanne L., Zhang, Fan | title = Limited time perspective increases the value of calm | journal = Emotion (Washington, D.C.) | date = 2016-02 | pmid = | pmc = }} </ref>