Opponent Process Theory

I’m happy to finally have a name for that phenomenon that I always knew existed but of which I never had a scientific explanation.

Back in 1980, psychologist Richard Solomon came up with an idea he called the “ opponent process theory ” (paywall). Broadly, this states that whenever you feel one emotion, you’re slated to feel the opposite next. This would explain why after feeling happiness, we feel slightly gloomy.

Robert Rackley @rcrackley
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