Subjective power and emotions in everyday interpersonal interactions: Counterparts' constrictive posture as moderator

Li Liang, Tsz Wah Ma, Wai Kai Hou
Published Online:
06 May 2020
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 56 Issue 1

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Power is one of the vital components embedded within interpersonal interactions, but few studies have studied it in everyday life context. This experience sampling study examined the associations of subjective power with emotional well‐being and investigated the moderating effects of counterpart' postures in the associations. Our results demonstrated that individuals reported higher positive emotions and lower negative emotions when they perceived higher subjective power. Their positive emotions were positively correlated with counterparts' expansive postures while negative emotions were positively correlated with counterparts' constrictive postures. The subjective power‐negative emotion associations were stronger when counterparts displayed higher level of constrictive posture. Our findings provide an evidence base for a comprehensive understanding on the role of subjective power and perception of counterparts' power‐related posture in dyadic communications in emotional well‐being.

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