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date: 15 October 2019

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People's close relationships provide the backdrop for some of their most intensely poignant and conventionally routine experiences of emotion. Although contemporary theories of emotion are both robust and sophisticated, scholars of close relationships have not yet capitalized on the wealth of theorizing that exists. The goal of this chapter is to integrate theories of emotion with scholarship on people's experiences of emotion within close relationships. We begin by describing four theoretical perspectives on emotion (discrete emotions models, appraisal theories, dimensional models, and prototype approaches) and two theories of close relationships that shed light on emotion (attachment theory and the emotion-in-relationships model). We then summarize current trends in research on eight emotions that are especially pertinent to close relationships (anger, sadness, fear, happiness, gratitude, jealousy, hurt, and forgiveness). We conclude by offering our recommendations for additional work in this area.

Keywords: emotion, anger, sadness, fear, happiness, gratitude, jealousy, hurt, forgiveness

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