They showed that unconscious priming of acceptance attitude works well in reducing frustrating emotion, at little cost of cognitive efforts but producing best mood stability during frustration.This provides an important perspective to cope daily frustration, the education of adaptive coping and the development of a healthy personality.

Life is full of aborted goals, from dating, university admission to job hunting and so on. Where there is goal pursuit, there are setbacks and frustration."Thus, the effective coping of frustration is of vital importance to human life, both social functioning and health. The acceptance has proven useful in mitigating the long-term consequence of negative events," said Jiajin Yuan, associate professor of psychology in Southwest University.

This study used a difficult arithmetic task paired with feedback to induce frustrating emotion.The results confirmed that conscious, effortful acceptance of frustrating emotion resulted in a short-term reduction of positive effects.

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