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IMPLICIT AND EXPLICIT SELF-ESTEEM AND IRRATIONAL BELIEFS

Vol XI, No. 1, 2011 Comments (0)

Florin A. SAVA, Laurenţiu P. MARICUŢOIU, Silvia RUSU,
Irina MACSINGA, Delia VÎRGĂ
West University of Timişoara, Timişoara, Romania

Abstract
The relationship between irrational beliefs and explicit and implicit self-esteem was examined in two consecutive studies (N1 = 117; N2 = 102) conducted on undergraduate university students. Two robust findings were the negative correlation between explicit self-esteem and self-downing, a particular type of irrational belief and the absence of a correlation between implicit self-esteem and any type of irrational belief. These findings suggest that disputing irrational beliefs within therapeutic interventions may affect explicit cognitions only, while implicit cognitions remain unaffected.

Keywords: implicit self-esteem, explicit self-esteem, irrational beliefs, self-acceptance, REBT

Pages: 97-111

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