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date: 20 August 2017

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The term “core affect” was coined by Russell to represent the most basic single feeling. He described it as a non-reflective mood, central to all experienced emotions, and defined within the Cartesian space of the affective circumplex. However, a study in 2004 uncovered a form of “core affect” even more primitive and simple than Russell’s conception of this construct. Studying the affective content of life satisfaction, Davern discovered that 64% of the variance could be accounted for by six affects, later reduced to just three. This combination of content, happy and alert is called homeostatically protected mood. It is now proposed not only as the dominant component of subjective well-being, but also as constituting the affective set-point defended by the processes of subjective well-being homeostasis.

Keywords: core affect, homeostatically protected mood, trait affect, mood, life satisfaction, set-point, personality, subjective well-being

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