Consequences of socially sharing emotions: testing the emotion-response congruency hypothesis
Article first published online: 26 SEP 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 6, pages 1310–1324, November/December 2007
How to Cite
Wetzer, I. M., Zeelenberg, M. and Pieters, R. (2007), Consequences of socially sharing emotions: testing the emotion-response congruency hypothesis. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 37: 1310–1324. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.396
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 26 SEP 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 JUL 2006
- Manuscript Received: 18 JAN 2006
We test the emotion-response congruency hypothesis, which predicts that the consequences of socially sharing one's negative emotions depend on the congruency between the shared emotion and the response that is obtained from the interaction partner. Experiment 1a shows that the response that people prefer is dependent on the specific emotion shared. Experiment 1b, however, reveals that the responses that interaction partners provide do not differ across emotions. Yet, and crucially, Experiment 2 shows that the outcomes of sharing are affected by the congruency between the response that people receive and the emotion they share, thus supporting the emotion-response congruency hypothesis. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.