some1 asked in Social SciencePsychology · 1 decade ago

Is stability an emotion?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Stability is not an emotion in itself, rather, it is a personality trait which points to other emotions. For instance you would say some one is an emotionally stable person if their mood does not fluctuate radically. Similarly, if someone asked you how you felt, responding with "stable" would be an unusual thing to say.

    As for measuring 'emotional stability', Cattels 16PF includes "emotional stability" and Eysenk and Costa & McRae include "neuroticism" (the opposite of stable) in their personality questionaires. These are some of the big names in personality psychology.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'd say it's more of a characteristic or state.

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