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You are not alone – Social sharing as a necessary addition to the Embracing factor

  • Boris Egloff (a1)


I argue that the Embracing factor cannot be adequately conceptualized without taking into account the regulatory power of the social sharing of emotions. Humans tend to share their negative emotions with close others, and they benefit from it. I outline how this mechanism works in art reception by regulating and transforming negative emotions into positive experiences.



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