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Emotional Disturbances

  1. Ann M. Kring,
  2. Madeleine S. Goodkind

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0303

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Kring, A. M. and Goodkind, M. S. 2010. Emotional Disturbances. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of California, Berkeley

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Emotional disturbances are found in nearly all disorders in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000), the official diagnostic system used by mental health professionals. These disturbances span positive and negative emotions and include excesses of emotion (e.g., too much anxiety), deficits in emotion (e.g., lack of self-conscious emotions like embarrassment), disconnections among emotion response components (e.g., strong feelings without outward expression), emotion understanding problems (e.g., misinterpreting the emotional intent of others), and regulation problems (e.g., uncontrollable anger outbursts). Not only are emotion disturbances pervasive, but also many of these disturbances cut across traditional diagnostic boundaries.


  • emotion;
  • emotion regulation;
  • psychopathology;
  • transdiagnostic