Crying Is in the Eyes of the Beholder: An Attribution Theory Framework of Crying at Work
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This article contributes to research on emotion expression, attributions, and discrete work emotions by developing an observer-focused model to explain the outcomes of crying at work. Our model is focused on crying as a form of emotion expression because crying may be driven by different felt emotions or be used as a means of manipulation. In addition, the model focuses on observers, who must form perceptions of the emotion expression in order to determine an appropriate response. This model is particularly valuable because it addresses the reality that an observer will develop an impression of another person’s emotion and intention, and that this impression may not always align with the reality of the emotion being experienced by the expresser.
Becker, William, Samantha Conroy, Emilija Djurdjevic, and Michael Gross. "Crying Is in the Eyes of the Beholder: An Attribution Theory Framework of Crying at Work." Emotion Review 10, 2 (2018): 125-137. doi:10.1177/1754073917706766.