People find it hard to predict their emotions

Individuals find it difficult to predict their emotions, but may not be so bad at the task as first assumed. This is according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, which showed that while most people make mistakes when thinking about such matters, there is also a relative way of looking at it.

Samuel Gosling, a Psychologist at the University of Texas Austin, claimed adults are not as hopeless at affective forecasting as other findings would have them believe.

Mr Gosling gave the example of students failing an exam, who believed they would feel really awful about such an outcome but only felt moderately upset when the time came.

He explained: "The story is that past literature says we're bad at this. And in truth we are bad at it in some ways, but not in others."

Professor Susan Cartwright, a Chartered Psychologist, said: “Differences in findings reflect individual differences in the ability to 'read emotions accurately'.

"The ability to understand, be aware of and manage emotions both in oneself and others depends upon how emotionally intelligent one is.

"Whilst the idea of social intelligence dates back to Thorndike (1920), interest in emotionally intelligence has really only gained momentum in the last 20 years”