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Metamood is a term used by psychologists to refers to an individual's awareness of their emotions.[1] It can be described as being caught up in any emotion and then becoming aware that you are being swept away by it. Being able to pull back in the midst of an emotion and in that moment recognize what you are feeling is a phenomenal skill. Also, it is a difficult one to acquire because quite often, emotions can be disguised by another.[1]

Trait meta-mood scale[edit]

The Trait Meta-Mood Scale (TMMS) is used to measure emotional beliefs and attitudes people have towards their own emotional experiences. The scale has been used on adolescents between ages 12 and 17, and resulted with information researchers had already found. People have three emotional structures: attention to feelings, clarity of feelings, and mood repair. Researchers already knew that, but by testing 1,497 adolescents, researchers found some new information; age and gender appear differently on the TMMS. [2]


  1. ^ Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books, 1995
  2. ^ Salguero, José M.; Fernández-Berrocal, Pablo; Balluerka, Nekane; Aritzeta, Aitor (1 October 2010). "Measuring Perceived Emotional Intelligence in the Adolescent Population: Psychometric Properties of the Trait Meta-Mood Scale". Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal. pp. 1197–1209. doi:10.2224/sbp.2010.38.9.1197. Retrieved 27 September 2011.