Lecture 6

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Published on 18 Jul 2011
School
UTSG
Department
Psychology
Course
PSY336H1
Professor
PSY336 Positive Psychology
Lecture #6
March 2, 2011
Social comparison: comparing yourself to other people
oWhen youre sick, you could think: it couldve been worse
A person has gratitude-inducing stuff all over the place
oNew set of possibilities
oUltimate weakness; brings it to light strengthen appreciation of things
Religions say gratitude = importance
20th century = doesnt promote gratitude
Gratitude doesnt get much glory
Bad times come along, then you become grateful
Why hasnt gratitude been studied much?
oFundamentally NOT being selfish
oGratitude towards someone
oOutward , focused emotion
oInterpersonal process
oBreaking apart rigid self
Narcissists = lack of gratitude
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InsecurityClosing of the mind self rigid bounded self
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Negative Emotion
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X
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Gratitude opens up the self porous
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Positive Emotion flexible; multi-construal
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Outside of
Self (non-
self)
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To what extent is this selflessness? other” is primary self-derogating
Contributes to a whole set of organization
Seemed weak and cheesy to Dolderman
Well-being is NOT just about getting away from rigid self being too non-rigid is bad
Agreeableness (relationship factor) correlates to gratitude
Relates negatively with materialism insecure with what one has
Compassion
Altruism
Morality
Humility
Awe
Forgiveness
Empathy
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Social comparison: comparing yourself to other people, when you"re sick, you could think: it could"ve been worse , a person has gratitude-inducing stuff all over the place. March 2, 2011: new set of possibilities, ultimate weakness; brings it to light  strengthen appreciation of things. Closing of the mind self rigid bounded self.  gratitude diaries people less physically ill.  not too much different from other people (small effects) but still statistically significant.  finding not too strong: people will degenerative disorders: o2 comparison groups. 2 points on gratitude scale increase after gratitude diary. 4. 8 life appraisal 5. 4/5. 0 larger impact than normal people.  did not physically change anything; reality didn"t really change, but subjectively, huge change.  set of possibility canges ochristopher reeve: awe:  hug from family (detect temperature changes) encourages him.  physical vastness (take you out of your physical frame of reference)