Negative emotions in tourism: a meaningful analysis

Jeroen Nawijn, Avital Biran

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In this paper, we critically examine the use of (negative) emotions in psychology, consumer behaviour and tourism. We find that (1) negative emotions form an integral part of the tourist experience in certain tourism contexts, particularly in dark tourism and types of travel that involve transformation of the self, (2) negative emotions can have multiple positive outcomes and (3) these positive outcomes are present in hedonic and non-hedonic tourism contexts, yet they occur occasionally in hedonic and more systematically in non-hedonic tourism contexts. We conclude that negative emotions contribute to eudaimonic experiences by affecting different types of meaning in life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2386-2398
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number19
StatePublished - 26 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Eudaimonic happiness
  • feelings
  • hedonism
  • meaning in life
  • tourist experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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