Distinguishing evaluation from description in the personality-emotion relationship

Thyra A. Fossum, Lisa Feldman Barrett

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Personality characteristics and emotional experiences contain both descriptive and evaluative aspects. The purpose of the present study was to test whether evaluation was a mediator in two well-established personality-emotion relationships. Using structural equation modeling procedures with two samples of participants, the authors demonstrated that evaluation fully mediated the relationship between neuroticism and negative affect and partially mediated the relationship between extraversion and positive affect. The results suggest that both description and evaluation components are essential to understanding the complex relationships between personality and emotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-678
Number of pages10
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2000

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