思考抑制に与える代替思考の時間的要因の影響 The Effect of Temporal Factor of Replacement Thoughts on the Thought Suppression

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When a person tries to suppress an unpleasant thought, paradoxically, the thought is more likely to come to her/his mind (paradoxical effect of thought suppression). To avoid the paradoxical effect, people summon up pleasant thoughts (replacement thoughts). The present study investigated the temporal factor in the effectiveness of replacement thoughts (e.g., future plans or past memories) for suppressing unwanted thoughts of a past event. Results showed that there were no significant differences between thoughts of future plans and past memories to suppress thoughts of a past event. An additional analysis showed that replacement thoughts of temporally close contents (near future plans and recent past memories) were more suppress thoughts of a past unpleasant event than replacement thoughts of temporally distant contents (distant future plans and distant past memories). This finding suggests that the temporal factor of replacement thoughts contributes to the effectiveness for suppressing thoughts.

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  • Transactions of Japan Society of Kansei Engineering

    Transactions of Japan Society of Kansei Engineering 16(2), 253-256, 2017

    Japan Society of Kansei Engineering

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