Scientific article

Self-defining memories and self-defining future projections in hypomania-prone individuals

Published inConsciousness and cognition, vol. 21, no. 2, p. 764-774
Publication date2012

Mania and hypomania involve dysfunctional beliefs about the self, others, and the world, as well about affect regulation. The present study explored the impact of these beliefs on self-defining memories and self-defining future projections of individuals with a history of hypomanic symptoms. The main findings showed that a history of hypomanic symptoms was related to enhanced retrieval of memories describing positive relationships and to reduced future projections about relationships, suggesting both a need for social bonding and a striving for autonomy. Moreover, hypomania-prone individuals tended to describe more recent events and to produce self-defining memories with references to tension that were more integrated in their self-structure. All of these findings support the presence of conflicting dysfunctional beliefs and the importance of memories containing references to tension in hypomania.

  • Adult
  • Affect
  • Bipolar Disorder/psychology
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Imagination
  • Male
  • Memory
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Questionnaires
  • Self Concept
  • Young Adult
Citation (ISO format)
LARDI ROBYN, Claudia, GHISLETTA, Paolo, VAN DER LINDEN, Martial. Self-defining memories and self-defining future projections in hypomania-prone individuals. In: Consciousness and cognition, 2012, vol. 21, n° 2, p. 764–774. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2012.02.007
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