The term "temperature" is usually not used to refer to physical temperature, but it can be used in some contexts to refer to the emotional state of an individual, or the emotional tone of an environment.

It's important to note that these uses of temperature are metaphorical and not referring to the physical temperature. The use of the term "temperature" in these contexts is to convey a sense of emotional intensity or emotional state.

Application Areas

  • Stress management
  • Emotion regulation
  • Psychophysiological research
  • Thermal biofeedback


Examples of the psychological use of temperature include:

  • Emotional temperature: The emotional state of an individual, which can range from calm to agitated. For example, a person who is feeling anxious may be said to have a "high emotional temperature."
  • Group temperature: The emotional tone of a group or a setting, which can range from friendly to hostile. For example, a group therapy session where everyone is comfortable and engaged may be said to have a "high group temperature."
  • Room temperature: The emotional tone of a room or environment, which can range from welcoming to intimidating. For example, a room that is decorated with warm colors and comfortable furniture may be said to have a "high room temperature."

Treatment and Risks

  • Thermal biofeedback therapy
  • Risks of hypothermia or hyperthermia in extreme temperature exposure
  • Impact of temperature on mood disorders

Similar Concepts and Synonyms

  • Thermal perception
  • Body temperature regulation
  • Thermal comfort

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'Temperature' in the psychology context refers to the study of how physical temperature affects cognitive and emotional processes. It is applied in stress management, emotion regulation, and psychophysiological research. Treatment options include thermal biofeedback therapy, but there are risks associated with extreme temperature exposure and its impact on mood disorders.