Paul Lucian SZASZ
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
The present study investigated the relationships between two forms of ruminative thoughts, brooding, and reflective processing, in relation with irrational beliefs and their impact on distress. While significant amount of data support the role of irrational beliefs and depressive rumination as vulnerability factors in distress, no attempts have been made so far to study the relationships between these individual characteristics. Participants completed a battery of questionnaires including measures of the above constructs. Results show that irrational beliefs, brooding and reflective pondering are related to distress, and that the impact of irrational beliefs on distress is completely mediated by brooding. The role of irrational beliefs and different types of ruminative processing, their effects on distress, potential mechanisms and implications are discussed.
Keywords: irrational beliefs, brooding, reflective pondering, distress