Long term consequences of suppression of intrusive anxious thoughts and repressive coping.

  title={Long term consequences of suppression of intrusive anxious thoughts and repressive coping.},
  author={Elke Geraerts and Harald Merckelbach and Marko Jelicic and E. M. W. Smeets},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  volume={44 10},
The current experiment employed a thought suppression paradigm to investigate whether repressors (N=40) are more skilled in suppressing positive and anxious autobiographical thoughts than low anxious (N=40), high anxious (N=40), and defensive high anxious (N=40) individuals, both immediately and over a longer time period (i.e., 7 days). Regardless of suppression instructions, repressors reported during their lab visit fewer target thoughts for their most anxious events than participants in the… CONTINUE READING

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