Emotion Regulation and the Dynamics of Feelings: A Conceptual and Methodological Framework
Version of Record online: 23 MAR 2004
Volume 75, Issue 2, pages 354–360, March 2004
How to Cite
Hoeksma, J. B., Oosterlaan, J. and Schipper, E. M. (2004), Emotion Regulation and the Dynamics of Feelings: A Conceptual and Methodological Framework. Child Development, 75: 354–360. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2004.00677.x
- Issue online: 23 MAR 2004
- Version of Record online: 23 MAR 2004
The emotional system is defined as a dynamical system that has neurological and biochemical structures that force the system to change in a regular and consistent way. This dynamic view allows for an alternative definition of emotion regulation, which describes when emotion regulation is needed, identifies its goal, and illustrates how regulation is achieved. The thesis developed here is that feelings—the private mental experience of emotion—play a crucial role in emotion regulation. Specifics of regulation are discussed and a parallel with parent–child interaction is drawn. It is shown that emotion regulation can be studied by looking at the variability of feelings. An illustrative application (N=30, age 10–13 years) shows that variability of anger is associated with the core executive function response inhibition.