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Opponent Process Theory

I’m happy to finally have a name for that [phenomenon that I always knew existed](https://qz.com/1046605/theres-a-biological-reason-you-feel-down-after-having-the-time-of-your-life/) 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](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7416563) ” (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.

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