Prospectus Presentation-Michael Massengale

"A randomized controlled trail adapting a seld-forgiveness intervention for perfectionists."

by: Michael Massengale

Self-forgiveness is a relatively new construct in the positive psychology literature. Many researchers posit tha1 self-forgiveness promotes well-being, psychologically and relationally, but others worry it might serve as a moral disengagement strategy that can harm individuals and relationships. In the present chapter, we conducted a qualitative review of 65 published empirical studies exploring associations of self-forgiveness with mental health and relational well-being. In order to address discrepancies in the literature, the review highlights more sophisticated studies and explores the differences that emerge when self-forgiveness is assessed as a state as opposed to a trait. In particular, measurement concerns are identified, specifically noting the lack of studies in the field that assess well-being while considering the two-part definition of self-forgiveness. Implications for future research and practice are discussed. The present study examined the effect of an adapted self-forgiveness intervention. Drawing on cognitive theories that note the tendency of certain individuals to distort blame, especially perfectionists, the present study tested whether individuals would benefit from alternative strategies that promote cognitive flexibility instead of attempting to increase responsibility, the standard process in self-forgiveness interventions. I hypothesize that this intervention will show comparable efficacy compared to existing interventions but that the intervention will show significant gains among perfectionists. Furthermore, I propose that counter to exiting theories on self-forgiveness, some individuals will see a reduction of responsibility throughout the intervention.

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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