Between-individuals and within-individual relations between self-insecurity and unpleasant repetitive thinking

Alice B. Huang, Howard Berenbaum, Grace B. McKee

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Abstract

Studies have found that self-security, defined as the acceptance of one’s own weaknesses, is associated with many important outcomes. The present research examined the link between self-insecurity (the rejection of one’s own weaknesses) and unpleasant repetitive thinking, a transdiagnostic process that appears to be a major risk factor for internalizing psychopathology. In Study 1, we examined the link at two levels: between-individuals (N = 158 undergraduates) and within-individuals (using daily diary methods). At both levels, self-insecurity was significantly associated with repetitive thinking, even after simultaneously accounting for neuroticism/NA and self-esteem. Study 2 (N = 280 undergraduates) replicated Study 1’s findings. Additionally, Study 2 assessed repetitive thinking using reports by participants’ close others: self-insecurity was significantly associated with close-others-reported repetitive thinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSelf and Identity
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Self-security
  • rumination
  • self-esteem
  • self-insecurity
  • worry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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