This talk focuses on episodes where two or more people’s emotions become more similar over time. These convergent effects are usually explained in terms of emotional contagion or social appraisal. I argue that neither account is capable of explaining the full range of interpersonal and intragroup findings. In directly involving social situations, people’s developing orientations to what is happening often become aligned as a result of processes of dynamic reciprocal adjustment operating prior to the consolidation of any articulated appraisal or registration of emotional meaning.
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