Do people ruminate because they haven’t digested their goals? The relations of rumination and reflection to goal internalization and ambivalence

Dorthe Kirkegaard Thomsen, Jan Tønnesvang, Anette Schnieber, Martin Hammershøj Olesen

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Abstract

In three studies it was investigated whether
rumination was related to less internalized self-regulation
and goals and whether reflection was related to more
internalized self-regulation and goals. In all studies students
completed questionnaires measuring rumination,
reflection, and internalization of self-regulation and goals.
In Study 1, rumination was related to less internalized selfregulation,
whereas reflection was related to more internalized
self-regulation. In Study 2, rumination was related
to less internalized self-regulation and goals as well as to
more avoidance- and extrinsic content of goals. Reflection
was related to more internalized self-regulation and goals
as well as to less avoidance content of goals. In Study 3,
goal-specific rumination was related to less internalized
goals and goal-specific reflection was related to more
internalized goals. Collectively, the studies suggest that
internalization of self-regulation and goals is critical for
distinguishing between unconstructive and constructive
self-focused repetitive thoughts.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftMotivation and Emotion
Vol/bind35
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)105-117
Antal sider12
ISSN0146-7239
DOI
StatusUdgivet - maj 2011
Udgivet eksterntJa

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