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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 1/2017

30-07-2016 | ORIGINAL PAPER

Paradoxical Effects of Self-Compassion on Mood and Teeth Flossing Behavior in an Experimental Setting

Auteurs: Anna M. Friis, Malcolm H. Johnson, Nathan S. Consedine

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 1/2017

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Abstract

Dispositional self-compassion has been linked to better mood and better health behaviors in numerous studies, albeit in cross-sectional designs employing self-report measurement. This study (n = 42) experimentally evaluated how a self-compassion (versus self-criticism) manipulation impacted patterns of positive and negative emotion, tested whether it increased health behavior (flossing) and motivation to floss following negative feedback, and assessed whether changes in emotion predicted changes in behavior. As expected, there was greater positive and less negative mood following the self-compassion induction, but only temporarily; there were no buffering effects of the self-compassion intervention on mood after critical external feedback. In contrast to expectation, self-compassion predicted lower floss time and did not impact motivation to floss in future. These findings suggest that while being kind to oneself instead of self-critical may promote better mood, it may be less effective in motivating certain health behaviors like teeth flossing, at least in an experimental setting.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Paradoxical Effects of Self-Compassion on Mood and Teeth Flossing Behavior in an Experimental Setting
Auteurs
Anna M. Friis
Malcolm H. Johnson
Nathan S. Consedine
Publicatiedatum
30-07-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 1/2017
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-016-0585-x

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