Please note that there are two different conference venues:
June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
June 16 - Kirstenbosch Conference Centre (transportation available)
Wednesday, June 14 • 18:00 - 20:00
Resilience and Self-Criticism - Antonia Werner (for Dr. Ana Nanette Tibubos)

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Resilience and Self-Criticism
Presenter: Antonia Werner (Goethe University, Germany)
Co-Author: Ana Nanette Tibubos,  Sonja Rohrmann,  Neele Reiß
Introduction: Self-criticism is experienced as an inner voice, which comments on one’s own behavior or feelings. Depending on its degree, it can be adaptive or maladaptive. We investigated the relation of dispositional resilience and similar trait concepts such as self-compassion and self-esteem with self-criticism.
Methods: A sample of 99 students (age M=22.97, SD=5.21) participated in our study with an experimental design using a success-failure-paradigm. Participants were asked to solve anagrams and were given false feedback in order to evoke self-critical thoughts. Their verbalized self-criticism was audio-taped. The evaluation of self-criticism was based on a mixed-method approach, combining qualitative and quantitative analyses. The severity of self-criticism was rated based on its emotional impact of self-directed anger by five trained raters. Dispositional measures were assessed via questionnaires. The association of situational self-criticism and dispositional resilience, self-esteem, and self-compassion were analyzed by using correlational methods.
Findings: Dispositional resilience was statistically not related to the severity of self-criticism operationalized by self-directed anger. However, dispositional self-compassion and self-esteem, which are positively associated with trait resilience, are negatively correlated with self-criticism in our experiment. Our findings have important implications for the construct validity of resilience as personality trait.   


Antonia Werner

PhD student, Goethe University, Frankfurt

Wednesday June 14, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Century City Conference Centre Western Cape Town, South Africa

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