Psychological distancing: Why happiness helps you see the big picture

Aparna A. Labroo, Vanessa M. Patrick

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Abstract

We propose that a positive mood, by signaling that a situation Is benign, might allow people to step back and take In the big picture. As a consequence, a positive mood might increase abstract construal and the adoption of abstract, future goals. In contrast, a negative mood, by signaling not only danger but also its imminence, might focus attention on immediate and proximal concerns and reduce the adoption of abstract, future goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)800-809
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Consumer Research
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Marketing

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