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Fleeting Signs of the Course of Life Facial Expression and Personal Adjustment
Current Directions in Psychological Science
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: n/a
Pages: 18-22
Source ID: shanti-sources-22913
Zotero Collections: Contexts of Contemplation Project
Abstract: In this article, we consider whether facial expressions of emotion relate in theoretically interesting ways to personal adjustment. We first consider the conceptual benefits of this line of inquiry. Then, to anticipate why brief samples of emotional behavior should relate to personal adjustment, we review evidence indicating that facial expressions of emotion correspond to intrapersonal processes and social outcomes. We then review studies showing that facial expressions relate in theoretically significant ways to adjustment after the death of a spouse, in long-term relationships, and in the context of chronic psychological disorders.