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date: 23 November 2017

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It is often assumed that people with psychological problems experience impoverished positive experiences and quality of life. Yet only a select number of disorders are characterized by a diminished capacity for rewarding experiences and feelings of happiness. This chapter discusses the nuances of how people with various anxiety and depressive disorders approach, respond to, and experience positive emotions and events. We present a self-control resource depletion model to explain how the intense self-regulatory efforts of people suffering from psychopathology interfere with positive experiences and life outcomes. The aim of the review is to broaden theory, research, and treatment efforts to the positive spectrum of human functioning.

Keywords: mental health, anxiety, depression, positive affect, emotion, self-regulation, approach motivation

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