The Emotion of Interest at Work

Cynthia D Fisher

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This chapter is about the emotion of interest as it may be experienced in the workplace. Interest has been described as “positive, focused, directed arousal, which prompts approach and engagement with the task” (Ainley, 2007, p. 153). Izard (1991, p. 100) describes the subjective experience of interest as “the feeling of being engaged, caught up, fascinated, or curious … wanting to investigate, become involved, or expand the self by incorporating new information and having new experiences with the person or object that has stimulated the interest. In intense interest or excitement, the person feels animated and enlivened.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Workplace Affect
EditorsLiu-Qin Yang, Russell Cropanzano, Catherine S. Daus, Vicente Martínez-Tur
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781108573887
ISBN (Print)9781108494038
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


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