Emotions about Emotions

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This article discusses the importance of metaemotions (emotions about emotions), showing their undeniable existence and how they are a critical and essential part of emotion life. The article begins by placing reflexivity of emotions within the general reflexivity of human beings. Then, the article presents the literature on metaemotion, showing some of the problems that surround them, which ultimately will lead to ask if the concept of metaemotion is really necessary. The second part of the article argues for the usefulness of the concept, pointing out its role in establishing distinctions among emotional states as well as further clarifying the nature of emotion, and concludes on pointing out some of the directions for future research on metaemotions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-396
Number of pages7
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2013


  • education of emotion
  • emotional valence
  • metaemotion
  • reflexivity


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