Personality, emotional experience, and efforts to control emotions. Academic Article uri icon


  • Three converging, multimethod studies examined personality and emotional processes. Study 1 (N = 321) examined links among sex, personality, and expectations for emotional events. In Study 2, participants (N = 468) described contents of emotionally evocative slides to a partner (either a friend or a stranger). Participants reported their emotional experience, efforts to control emotion, and the anticipated reactions of their partners. Structural modeling of self-report data and analyses of observational data indicated that Agreeableness and sex were significant predictors of emotional experience and of efforts to control emotion. Study 3 (N = 68) replicated and extended the two previous studies using psychophysiological methods to examine responses to positively and negatively charged emotional materials. Outcomes are discussed in terms of processes underlying the five-factor structural dimension of Agreeableness and links to emotional self-regulation.

published proceedings

  • J Pers Soc Psychol

altmetric score

  • 4

author list (cited authors)

  • Tobin, R. M., Graziano, W. G., Vanman, E. J., & Tassinary, L. G.

citation count

  • 231

complete list of authors

  • Tobin, RM||Graziano, WG||Vanman, EJ||Tassinary, LG

publication date

  • October 2000