Research

Knowledge is a path towards understanding. Our goals can lead the way and fill our life with purpose. However, understanding the value of truth became a daunting task, as seldom the end result does not always follow our intuition.
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Below you can find a list of abstracts including the most recent research I have conducted in the field of mental health.

Research Abstracts

The generalised expectancies for success one holds in order to predict future outcomes is one of the core traits of the flow experience. It has been shown that expectancies can influence both goal set-up and task achievement. Consequently, when anticipating future outcomes, one can either increase or inhibit the flow experience.The aim of this study is to determine the extent in which flow tends to moderate the interaction between generalised expectancies for success and outcome appraisal. Using a non-experimental, correlational design, 73 participants (18 men and 55 women), aged between 19 and 64 years (m = 28.02) (SD = 9.22)* expressed their consent to voluntary participate in the study. All participants completed the generalised expectancies for success scale-revised, the consideration of future consequences-scale and an adapted version of the flow-scale, in order to assess the personality trait involved in the flow experience.
Perceived vulnerability is a central construct for self-regulation, being strongly correlated with several psychological processes such as self-perception, outcome expectancies, the Need for feedback and cognitive closure, flow, risk-taking behaviours or suicide ideation.The five chapters involve an evidence-based approach, focused on practice, providing a set of conceptual instruments for designing psychological, educational or management interventions.
This study aims to investigate the extent in which perceived vulnerability to disease tends to moderate the interaction between the positive illusions one holds in order to cope with existing environmental demands and sexual sensation-seeking.Using a correlational design, 84 heterosexual individuals aged 18 to 54 completed five instruments with good psychometric properties, that assess the perceived vulnerability to disease (PVDS), sexual sensation seeking (SSS), perceived control (PCS), positive self-regard (TSES) and unrealistic optimism (UOS).
This study advances a theoretical framework for describing the development of vulnerability perceptions concerning disease and illness, by emphasising the factors involved in both healthy and maladaptive cognitive, emotional and behaviour patterns.

Taking into account the conceptual differences between susceptibility, risk perception and perceived probability, factors such as attention-bias, cognitive distortions or positive illusions can shape both the occurance and intensity of a vulnerable state. Clinicians should use reliable, multifaceted instruments for an accurate assessment in order to predict and prevent risk-taking behaviours.

Results indicate the existence of different perceptual perspectives that can shape one’s vulnerability, requiring a terminological conceptualisation which future studies will have to validate in order to better estimate the degree of risk that different vulnerable groups may face when maintaining illusory or distorted beliefs concerning their perceived vulnerability to disease. This way, intervention strategies will better address the dimensions that could transform in risk factors for increased distress or disability.
Being true to ourselves in most life contexts is a condition for happiness. In the couple relationship, disclosure of feelings concerning sexual satisfaction can become the main source for authenticity, this way minimising the pressure that may arise when there is a perceived discrepancy between one’s sexual desires and existing sexual scenarios.This study aims to evaluate the extent to which authenticity facilitates the sexual self-disclosure process in the couple relationship, as a result of impingent sexual fantasies, in order to reach a higher level of sexual satisfaction.

Using a correlational design, 120 participants that were involved in a couple relationship were selected and volunteered to participate in the study. Five instruments with good psychometric properties were administered in order to measure sexual fantasy (SFQ), authenticity (AS), sexual satisfaction (Is) and sexual self-disclosure (msdq).

If Authenticity is moderately related with sexual satisfaction and self-disclosure, a negative tendency has been observed concerning sexual fantasy use despite the high level of sexual fantasies required in the self-disclosure process, for gaining sexual satisfaction.

A positive tendency was observed between the frequency of sexual acts, sexual self-disclosure and relationship duration. Moreover, the number of partners in the last year are positively related with sexual fantasy but negatively related with personal authenticity.

Future studies should take into account the cognitive (E.G.: self-downing) and emotional (E.G.: shame) factors that may interfere with Fantasy use and implicitly with ones perceived authenticity.
Sexual fantasies play an important role in sexual desire disorders. These types of cognitive processes involve a certain level of absorption, requiring full imagery attention in order to be created and explored. Fantasy maintenance can be achieved when an imaginary script triggers desirable level of sexual arousal, but the individual must use its pleasure capacity in order to be aware of the degrees of change in sexual excitation.This study aims to observe:
  1. the extent in which mindfulness skills can provide a higher level of sexual satisfaction
  2. the contribution of one’s pleasure capacity and imaginative absorption in fantasy enhancement following mindfulness processing.
Using a correlational design, n=120 participants, that were involved in a couple relationship were selected and volunteered to participate in the study. After signing an informed consent, five questionnaires were administered: sexual fantasy questionnaire (SFQ), Kentucky inventory for mindfulness skills (KIMS), Telegen absorption scale (TAS), Pleasure capacity scale (PCS) and the inventory of sexual satisfaction (ISS).

The mindfulness skills (observing and accepting in particular) are an important predictor for the development of sexual fantasies. Absorption has a higher contribution at the moderation model comparing with the pleasure capacity because of the overlapping effects of cognitive schemas and physiological sensitivity. Sexual fantasies play an important part in achieving sexual satisfaction, thus mindfulness skill training can be considered an efficient intervention for the enhancement of sexual performance and achieving sexual satisfaction.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain better self-awareness and life balance. It is a helpful informational and educational resource for understanding the contributions of psychology, as a science, to mental treatment, human development, general problem-solving or life-improvement in several contexts.The 16 articles provide details concerning the different types of psychological interventions in 1-to-1 contexts but also in group, organisational or community settings. It will help you understand how mental distress can influence the mind, the necessary steps that you should take in order to prevent crisis situations, the way you should prepare for an efficient interaction and to identify the best professional in the field, for a successful psychological intervention (clinical, psychotherapy, counselling, coaching or mentoring).
This study aims to generate a theory concerning the reasons for involvement in extreme sports as a function of death perception. We used a qualitative approach, based on the grounded-theory methodology.A pilot study was carried out in order to establish the procedure’s reliability. The study involved 10 individual, semi-structured interviews with those who practice the extreme sports; all interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed. After coding the transcripts, 23 conceptual categories were formed, which had a significant contribution to the development of the central category named “the moment of rebirth” describing a unique instant which is perceived as being an opportunity for a lifetime, providing thrill, excitement and a powerful sensation that may cover the risk of losing one’s life. This data provided sufficient evidence to advance the vulnerability theory, which consists of 4 stages: illusion, adaptation, acceptance and the extreme sensation-seeking stage; the vulnerability of losing one’s life being greater in the last stage.

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