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How emotions influence groups

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Keywords: Emotions, emotion regulation, emotion contagion

A new study by researchers from the University of Amsterdam has been reviewing the research literature about how people’s emotions impact the groups and organisations they belong to.

A raft of recent research is showing that the traditional view that emotions in organisations tend to muddle critical thinking and can incapacitate groups, leading to impulsive and often dangerous behaviours, is only an issue in contexts where individuals lack a level of emotional intelligence and literacy.

Current research is showing that, contrary to such beliefs, emotions are central to our social functioning in groups and that they are an integral part of helping group members address and deal with a range of issues and problems that occur whilst working in groups or teams.

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