Positive emotion regulation in emotional disorders: A theoretical review

Jenna R. Carl*, David P. Soskin, Caroline Kerns, David H. Barlow

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Conceptualizations of emotion regulation have led to the identification of cognitive and behavioral regulatory abnormalities that contribute to the development and maintenance of emotional disorders. However, existing research on emotion regulation in anxiety and mood disorders has primarily focused on the regulation of negative emotions rather than positive emotions. Recent findings indicate that disturbances in positive emotion regulation occur across emotional disorders, and may be a generative target for treatment research. The aims of this paper are to: 1. Present a transdiagnostic model of positive emotion disturbances in emotional disorders; 2. Review evidence for disturbances in positive emotion regulation in emotional disorders across categories of emotion regulation; and 3. Propose treatment strategies that may address these disturbances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-360
Number of pages18
JournalClinical Psychology Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013


  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Emotion regulation
  • Positive emotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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