Chronic pain and the adaptive significance of positive emotions Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Chronic Pain
  • Emotions


  • The February-March 2014 special issue of the American Psychologist featured articles summarizing select contributions from the field of psychology to the assessment and treatment of chronic pain. The articles examined a range of psychosocial and family factors that influence individual adjustment and contribute to disparities in pain care. The reviews also considered the psychological correlates and neurophysiological mechanisms of specific pain treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and meditation. Although a number of articles emphasized the role that negative states of mind play in pain outcomes, positive emotions were given only brief mention. Here, we provide a rationale for the inclusion of positive emotions in chronic pain research.

publication date

  • January 2015



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/a0038816

PubMed ID

  • 25844656

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 283

end page

  • 4


  • 70


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