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(p. 99) Anticipatory feelings
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(p. 99) Anticipatory feelings
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Andrew MacLeod

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780198725046.003.0005
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date: 17 November 2017

Emotional states do not simply arise in response to events that have happened, but can arise when we think about what might happen in the future. These anticipatory affective states are mediated by distinct neural systems different from those involved in emotional responses to events as they occur. Hope and fear are the typical anticipatory feelings that arise in response to possibilities of future positive and negative events, respectively. Anticipatory feeling states are often quite subtle and elusive, but Chapter 5 reviews some of the attempts to measure these kinds of feeling states. The chapter also discusses the clinically important phenomenon of avoidance of emotions, including the idea that worry functions as a form of emotional avoidance.

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