“Fury, us”: Anger as a basis for new group self-categories

Andrew Livingstone, Lee Shepherd, Russell Spears, Antony Manstead

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Abstract

We tested the hypothesis that shared emotions, notably anger, influence the formation of new selfcategories. We first measured participants’ (N = 89) emotional reactions to a proposal to make university assessment tougher before providing feedback about the reactions of eight other co-present individuals. This feedback always contained information about the other individuals’ attitudes to the proposals (four opposed and four not opposed) and in the experimental condition emotion information (of those opposed, two were angry, two were sad). Participants self-categorised more with, and preferred to work with, angry rather than sad targets, but only when participants’ own anger was high. These findings support the idea that emotions are a potent determinant of selfcategorisation, even in the absence of existing, available self-categories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-192
JournalCognition and Emotion
Volume30
Issue number1
Early online date30 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016

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