Depressive Realism Hypothesis: Reflections and Critical Analysis

1Dilwar Hussain

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Abstract:

This paper is an attempt to critically analyze depressive realism hypothesis, which states that depressed people are more accurate in their perceptions and judgments than their non-depressed counterparts. Studies using diverse research methods supporting depressive realism are reviewed. Possible mechanisms that may explain depressive realism such as self-focused attention and self-schemas are discussed. Finally, conceptual and methodological issues pertaining to depressive realism are addressed for future research.

Keywords:

Depressive Realism, Depression, Critical analysis

Paper Details
Month6
Year2013
Volume17
IssueIssue 1
Pages59-64

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