Depression and self-focused attention

Timothy W. Smith, Jeff L Greenberg

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Abstract

Recent research on self-focused attention has indicated effects that parallel several cognitive and affective phenomena associated with depression. Specifically, discrepancies between perceived real and ideal self, increased affective response, self-attribution for negative events, and accurate self-reports occur both in depression and as a result of self-focused attention. A study is reported that investigated the relationship between depression and a measure of private self-consciousness, a dispositional measure of the tendency to attend to one's inner thoughts and feelings. As predicted, a reliable positive relationship was found. The potential role of self-focused attention in maintaining and exacerbating depression was discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-331
Number of pages9
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1981
Externally publishedYes

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Depression and self-focused attention. / Smith, Timothy W.; Greenberg, Jeff L.

In: Motivation and Emotion, Vol. 5, No. 4, 12.1981, p. 323-331.

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Smith, Timothy W. ; Greenberg, Jeff L. / Depression and self-focused attention. In: Motivation and Emotion. 1981 ; Vol. 5, No. 4. pp. 323-331.
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