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What is the Nature of the Self-defining Memories of Repression-prone Individuals ?

Published in Self and Identity. 2012, vol. 11, no. 4, p. 492-515
Abstract The present study investigates the ability to predict various self-defining memory dimensions from individual differences in repressiveness, operationalized by high levels of defensiveness and low levels of trait anxiety. Three self-defining memories from 83 participants (aged between 27 and 43 years) recruited from the general population were analyzed with multilevel models. The main results showed that repression-prone individuals, relative to more adjusted individuals, retrieved more specific self-defining memories and were less likely to extract meanings from their personal memories. Moreover, self-threatening, self-defining memories of repression-prone individuals contained fewer negative emotional words than did those of more adjusted individuals. These results are discussed in light of a recent affect-regulation view of emotional autobiographical memories.
Keywords Self-defining memoriesRepressionMemory specificityMemory integrationAffect regulation
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Research groups Affective sciences
Unité de psychopathologie et neuropsychologie cognitive (UPNC)
Méthodologie et analyse des données (MAD)
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LARDI ROBYN, Claudia, GHISLETTA, Paolo, VAN DER LINDEN, Martial. What is the Nature of the Self-defining Memories of Repression-prone Individuals ?. In: Self and Identity, 2012, vol. 11, n° 4, p. 492-515. doi: 10.1080/15298868.2011.603902 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:29539

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