Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126523
Authors: 
Wälde, Klaus
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Jena Economic Research Papers 2015-020
Abstract: 
Stress is ubiquitous in society. In our model, stressors translate into subjective stress via an appraisal process. Stress reduces instantaneous utility of an individual directly and via a cognitive load argument. Coping can be functional and under the control of the individual or more automatic with dysfunctional features. We predict the occurrence and frequency of uncontrolled coping - emotional outbursts - as a function of an individual´s personality and environment. Outbursts cannot always be avoided. Delaying emotional outbursts artificially can lead to even more outbursts. Looking at the effect of psychotherapy shows that expecting little and being emotional can help maximizing well-being.
Subjects: 
controlled vs. automatic reaction
coping
emotional outbursts
optimal stopping problem
personality
stress
JEL: 
D03
D91
I12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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