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Rumination and Related Constructs

  • ID: 4850198
  • Book
  • April 2020
  • 450 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

Rumination and Related Constructs: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Thinking Too Much synthesizes existing research relating to rumination. Integrating research and theories from clinical, social, cognitive, and health psychology, it features empirical findings related to why people ruminate, as well as treatments that decrease rumination. The book applies a transdiagnostic approach, looking  beyond just depression to emphasize the wide range of clinical outcomes associated with repetitive thought. The book additionally describes research on physiological reactivity to rumination, the expression of rumination, potential benefits of rumination, and much more.

  • Summarizes research on the emotional, behavioral, and physical consequences of rumination
  • Discusses rumination in conjunction with different psychological disorders
  • Integrates existing theories about rumination
  • Identifies triggers and personality traits that influence whether people ruminate
  • Explores cognitive and neural correlates of rumination
  • Reviews established treatments for rumination

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Part 1: Consequences of Rumination

1. Rumination and Mood Disorders 2. Rumination and Anxiety-Related Disorders 3. Rumination, Anger, and Aggression 4. Rumination and Dysregulated Behaviors 5. Rumination and Physical Functioning 6. Consequences of Expressed Rumination

Part 2: Causes and Correlates

7. Triggers of Rumination 8. Beliefs, Traits, and Motivations Underlying Rumination 9. Rumination, Cognition, and the Brain

Part 3: Treatments for Rumination

10. Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Rumination 11. Mindfulness-Based Therapies for Rumination 12. Metacognitive Therapy for Rumination


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Borders, Ashley
Associate Professor of Psychology at The College of New Jersey, and research affiliate with the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center at the VA Medical Center in East Orange, NJ. Her research focuses on exploring the causes and consequences of rumination. Using both cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-focused therapies, she applies her and others' empirical findings to help clients suffering from maladaptive rumination. She has published her findings in various peer-reviewed psychology journals. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California.
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