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Title

Stop Thinking about Past Arguments: Imagined Interactions, Mindfulness and Anxiety in Romantic Relationships

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Across three conditions, participants were asked to imagine a scenario and write about the details of either a positive or a negative experience in their romantic relationship or a task they completed alone. Those who imagined the negative experience reported higher levels of state anxiety compared to those who imagined the positive experience or the task. This result suggests that rumination of conflict can lead to increases in anxiety and may lead to poorer physical health (e.g., increased blood pressure), similar to those who actually engage in conflict (Kiecolt-Glaser et al., 1998).

Start Date

12-4-2021 12:30 PM

End Date

12-4-2021 1:00 PM

Faculty Advisor

Dilbur Arsiwalla

Department

Department of Psychology

Student Type

Graduate Student

Comments

Award: IAF Research and Creativity Award

This entry was part of the following session of the event:

  • Session title: Psychopaths, Morality & Negative Behaviors; Monday, April 12, 2021; 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Moderator: Elaine Eshbaugh.

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Apr 12th, 12:30 PM Apr 12th, 1:00 PM

Stop Thinking about Past Arguments: Imagined Interactions, Mindfulness and Anxiety in Romantic Relationships

Across three conditions, participants were asked to imagine a scenario and write about the details of either a positive or a negative experience in their romantic relationship or a task they completed alone. Those who imagined the negative experience reported higher levels of state anxiety compared to those who imagined the positive experience or the task. This result suggests that rumination of conflict can lead to increases in anxiety and may lead to poorer physical health (e.g., increased blood pressure), similar to those who actually engage in conflict (Kiecolt-Glaser et al., 1998).