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dc.contributor.authorGilbert, Paul
dc.contributor.authorMcEwan, Kirsten
dc.contributor.authorGibbons, L.
dc.contributor.authorDuarte, Joana
dc.contributor.authorMatos, Marcela
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-27T15:38:29Z
dc.date.available2018-07-27T15:38:29Z
dc.date.issued2011-11-08
dc.identifier.citationGilbert, P. et al (2012) 'Fears of compassion and happiness in relation to alexithymia, mindfulness, and self-criticism.' Psychology and Psychotherapy Theory Research and Practice, 85(4).en
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.2044-8341.2011.02046.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/622848
dc.description.abstractBackground. Thereisincreasingresearchtosuggestthatfearsof,andresistancesto, affiliativeandpositiveemotionsarelinkedtoself-criticismandarangeofpsychopathologies.Itisunclearhowthesefearsandresistancesarelinkedtoeachotherandhowthese inturnarelinkedtopsychologicalprocesses,suchasabilitiestobemindfulandrecognize and describe emotions. Objectives. Thisresearchexplorestherelationshipbetweenfearsofcompassionand happinessingeneral,withcapacitiesforemotionalprocessing(alexithymia),capacitiesfor mindfulness, and empathic abilities. Toadvance this research, a new scale was developed to measure general fears of positive feelings – the Fear of Happiness Scale. Results. The results showed that fears of compassion for self, from others and in particular fear of happiness, were highly linked to different aspects of alexithymia, mindfulness, empathy, self-criticism and depression, anxiety and stress. Especially noteworthy was the very high correlation between fear of happiness and depression (r =.70). Conclusion. While the development of positive emotions, especially those linked to affiliation and connectedness are increasingly seen as important therapeutic targets, little research has focused on the blocks and fears to positive emotions. This study used newly developed fears of positive affect scales (e.g., compassion and happiness) to explore these aspects and found they were significantly linked to psychopathology variables self-criticism and difficulties such as alexithymia.
dc.description.sponsorshipMental Health Research Uniten
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBritish Psychological Societyen
dc.relation.urlhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.2044-8341.2011.02046.xen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/*
dc.subjectCompassionen
dc.subjectHappinessen
dc.subjectAlexithymiaen
dc.subjectMindfulnessen
dc.subjectSelf-criticismen
dc.titleFears of compassion and happiness in relation to alexithymia, mindfulness, and self-criticism.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn20448341
dc.contributor.departmentKingsway Hospital, Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Coimbraen
dc.identifier.journalPsychology and Psychotherapy Theory Research and Practiceen
html.description.abstractBackground. Thereisincreasingresearchtosuggestthatfearsof,andresistancesto, affiliativeandpositiveemotionsarelinkedtoself-criticismandarangeofpsychopathologies.Itisunclearhowthesefearsandresistancesarelinkedtoeachotherandhowthese inturnarelinkedtopsychologicalprocesses,suchasabilitiestobemindfulandrecognize and describe emotions. Objectives. Thisresearchexplorestherelationshipbetweenfearsofcompassionand happinessingeneral,withcapacitiesforemotionalprocessing(alexithymia),capacitiesfor mindfulness, and empathic abilities. Toadvance this research, a new scale was developed to measure general fears of positive feelings – the Fear of Happiness Scale. Results. The results showed that fears of compassion for self, from others and in particular fear of happiness, were highly linked to different aspects of alexithymia, mindfulness, empathy, self-criticism and depression, anxiety and stress. Especially noteworthy was the very high correlation between fear of happiness and depression (r =.70). Conclusion. While the development of positive emotions, especially those linked to affiliation and connectedness are increasingly seen as important therapeutic targets, little research has focused on the blocks and fears to positive emotions. This study used newly developed fears of positive affect scales (e.g., compassion and happiness) to explore these aspects and found they were significantly linked to psychopathology variables self-criticism and difficulties such as alexithymia.


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