Authenticity and mindfulness: The processes involved in regulating depressive symptoms in day-today living

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Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology Major in Clinical Psychology


College of Liberal Arts



Thesis Adviser

Melissa L. Reyes

Defense Panel Chair

Ma. Caridad Tarroja

Defense Panel Member

Ron Resurreccion
Hector Perez


Depression is characterized by the near-absence of positive affect and the person's tendency to view the self in a negative light. Authenticity, a form of personality integrity in which one freely expresses all aspects of the self, and mindfulness, a receptive form of consciousness that may be practiced momentto- moment predicted less depressive symptoms through self-acceptance and negative mood regulation expectancies. Studies have claimed that authenticity and mindfulness both predicted lesser depressive symptoms by going through self-acceptance and negative mood regulation expectancies, but have not tested all of these variables in a path-analytic model. A questionnaire packet containing the following self-rated scales: the Inauthenticity Scale, Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory, Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale, Self-acceptance Scale, Negative Mood Regulation Expectancies Scale, and the Dispositional Positive Emotions Scale measured these variables. The questionnaire packet was distributed to 274 participants aged 18-25. Results from the study show that authentic and mindful persons experienced less depressive symptoms because they accepted and saw themselves in a positive light. They too were confident in knowing that when they find themselves in an unpleasant mood, that the mood was a part of the many psychic processes that they experienced from moment-to-moment, and that eventually this would pass. These latter statements are findings mirror those reported and suggested in the literature (Jimenez, Niles, & Park, 2010 Gross & John, 2003), but differ in that positive emotions emerged as an outcome when a person is both mindful and authentic. These findings imply that living day-by-day is a continuous process of self-knowledge directed towards growth, maturity, and autonomy.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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1 computer optical disc ; 4 3/4 in.

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