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dc.contributor.authorWilkinson, M. R.en
dc.contributor.authorBall, Linden J.en
dc.contributor.authorAlford, Daviden
dc.identifier.citationWilkinson, M.R., Ball, L.J. and Alford, D. (2015) Counterfactual Reasoning for Regretted Situations Involving Controllable Versus Uncontrollable Events: The Modulating Role of Contingent Self-Esteem. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 11 (1), pp. 22-30en
dc.description.abstractWe report a study that examined the modulating impact of contingent self-esteem on regret intensity for regretted outcomes associated with controllable versus uncontrollable events. The Contingent Self-Esteem Scale (e.g., Kernis & Goldman, 2006) was used to assess the extent to which a person’s sense of self-worth is based on self and others’ expectations. We found that there was an influence of self-esteem contingency for controllable but not for uncontrollable regret types. For controllable regret types individuals with a high contingent (i.e., unstable) self-esteem reported greater regret intensity than those with a low contingent (i.e., stable) self-esteem. We interpret this finding as reflecting a functional and adaptive role of high contingent self-esteem in terms of mobilizing the application of counterfactual reasoning and planning mechanisms that can enable personal expectations to be achieved in the future.en
dc.titleCounterfactual reasoning for regretted situations involving controllable versus uncontrollable events: The modulating role of contingent self-esteemen
dc.researchinstituteInstitute for Psychological Scienceen

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