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De paradox van emotionele disclosure in groepsgewijze narratieve toekomstverbeelding

Ennulat, E.M. (2015) De paradox van emotionele disclosure in groepsgewijze narratieve toekomstverbeelding.

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Abstract:Emotions are mechanisms of action of processes in society. To express and share emotions is called emotional disclosure which is related to well-being. Moreover, emotional disclosure is a process of construction connected to interaction which makes it interesting to do research on emotional disclosure in a group context. By applying a discursive analysis with a constructivist perspective, there will be provided insight into the phenomenon. Therefore an edited script and audio recordings of a workshop collective narrative futuring for psychology students at University of Twente, Enschede, were used. During the workshop the students were asked to write a future letter and voluntarily share it with the group of ten people. The students appeared to have an ambivalent position on emotional disclosure with three underlying paradoxes: the paradox of individuality deals with the ambivalent level of identification the students had. On the one hand they referred to an individual level of identification and on the other hand their identification took in a larger degree place on a group level. This paradox influences the interaction pattern and emotional disclosure whereby the students are placed in front of a second paradox. The paradox of (internal) attribution deals with self-conviction based on the thought of fulfilling the group requirements whereas the group shows acceptation and appreciation with respect to the act of emotional disclosure. The (third) paradox of emotional disclosure deals with the fact that the students state not willing to do emotional disclosure in this group context but certainly doing it within the course of interaction. The paradoxical character highlights effect of the group context on emotional disclosure and clarifies the interweavement of emotional disclosure and other styles of emotion regulation such as inhibition. From this follows an additional value for follow-up research regarding to therapeutic contexts for example in addiction treatment or in education. The provided insights underline the complexity of group processes, emotion regulation strategies and the importance of emotional disclosure for many aspects.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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