A study into the foundation of Compassion Focused Therapy

Koper, Yvonne M. (2017) A study into the foundation of Compassion Focused Therapy.

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Abstract:Aims: The goal of this study was to test for the theory of Gilbert (2009) about the three emotion regulation systems (threat, drive and contentment) and the influence of compassion on the balance of the three emotion regulation systems, which is the foundation for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Methods: Data was collected using the experience sampling method, of 43 psychology students from the University of Twente. The activation of the emotion regulation systems was determined via the emotion quadrant, in which emotions were classified on the level of arousal and the positive-negative dimension. An ANOVA was done to measure the relation between self-compassion and the activation of the contentment system. Results: The results showed that the contentment system was clearly under activated, which supports part of Gilbert’s theory that most people have an over activated threat and/or drive system (Drive: 39,3%, threat: 48,3%, contentment: 12,4%). However, there was no relation found between the level of self-compassion and the experience of low arousal positive emotions (p=.296). Also, daily hassles did not prove to mediate the relation between self-compassion and the activation of the contentment system in terms of experienced low-arousal positive emotions. Therefore, it can be concluded that there was no supporting evidence found in this study for the propositions regarding the relation of compassion to the activation of the contentment system in relation to the threat and drive systems in daily life as proposed within the theory of Gilbert (2009).
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72320
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