AICE members Gerben van Kleef and Jens Lange published a new review paper on the consequences of power and status for both intrapersonal and interpersonal effects of emotions.
Gerben van Kleef and Jens Lange published a review paper illuminating how hierarchy shapes emotional dynamicson in the Current Opinion in Psychology.
Abstract of the paper is as follows:
Hierarchy is a defining characteristic of social life that profoundly shapes human psychology. Here, we draw attention to the pervasive impact of social rank on emotional processes. We review the effects of rank (power and status) on emotional experience, expression, and responsiveness. Our review indicates that (1) lower-ranking individuals experience more negative emotions, whereas higher-ranking individuals experience more positive emotions; (2) lower-ranking individuals adapt their emotional expressions to the social context, whereas higher-ranking individuals express their feelings more freely; (3) lower-ranking individuals accurately perceive and respond to the emotional expressions of others, whereas higher-ranking individuals do so only when others’ emotions are self-relevant. Finally, (4) power and status have very similar effects on emotional processes, suggesting opportunities for theoretical integration.