Risk Of Offensive/Incorrect Content: Forecasting the duration of emotions: A motivational account and self-other differences.

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This research investigates the forecasts that people make about the duration of positive versus negative emotions, and tests whether these forecasts differ for self versus for others. Consistent with a motivated thinking framework, six studies show that people make optimistic, asymmetric forecasts that positive emotions will last longer than negative ones. However, for other people, wishful thinking is absent, and therefore people make less optimistic, more symmetric forecasts. Potential implications of these motivated forecasts and selfâ€"other differences are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)