Is Emotional Stability all it’s Cracked Up to Be?
Free Public Lecture
Emotional stability is often described as a hallmark of psychological health and wellbeing. Yet one of the primary functions of our emotions is to fluctuate and change over time following the ebb and flow of daily life. This lecture will explore recent research on 'emotion dynamics', which suggests that emotional stability may not necessarily be a good thing. Psychological health requires emotions to be flexible rather than stable. Ideally emotions respond to environmental changes, but are also well regulated. The lecture will examine research, conducted inside the laboratory and outside in our everyday environments, that links emotional flexibility with better psychological functioning and wellbeing.
Dr Peter Koval, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences