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Can't quite commit: rumination and uncertainty.
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PMID:  15272963     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Why do some individuals persist in self-destructive rumination? Two studies investigated the relation between a ruminative response style and the reluctance to initiate instrumental behavior. In Study 1, ruminators were compared to nonruminators regarding their evaluation of a self-generated plan to revise their university housing system and, in Study 2, concerning their plan to redesign the undergraduate curriculum. In both studies, on relevant composite measures, ruminators expressed less satisfaction and confidence with regard to their plans than did nonruminators. They were also less likely to commit to the plans they generated. The findings suggest that in addition to its documented detrimental effects on thinking and problem solving, self-focused rumination may inhibit instrumental behavior by increasing uncertainty, resulting in further rumination and behavioral paralysis.
Andrew Ward; Sonja Lyubomirsky; Lorie Sousa; Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Personality & social psychology bulletin     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0146-1672     ISO Abbreviation:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Publication Date:  2003 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-26     Completed Date:  2004-08-24     Revised Date:  2011-02-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809042     Medline TA:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-107     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2003 Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc.
Department of Psychology, Swarthmore College, PA 19081, USA.
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