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A Prototype Analysis of Self-Gratitude: Towards a Broadening of the Concept of Gratitude

Morgan, Blaire ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6294-0511, Tachon, G., Rouibah, A. and Shankland, R. (2021) A Prototype Analysis of Self-Gratitude: Towards a Broadening of the Concept of Gratitude. Journal of Happiness Studies. ISSN Print: 1389-4978 Electronic: 1573-7780

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Abstract

In the past two decades, gratitude has been shown to be closely related to mental health and well-being. However, there is no consensus about its definition, and self-gratitude was hastily dismissed. This research aimed to analyze how self-gratitude is considered by laypersons. We conducted three online studies to test the hypothesis according to which self-gratitude is prototypically organized. In Study 1, participants (N = 152) listed the features of self-gratitude: 55 categories emerged from the data processing. In Study 2, participants (N = 146) significantly distinguished the features according to their degree of centrality. In Study 3 (N = 108), the analysis showed that the centrality of features influenced cognition through a recognition task. The results provide preliminary evidence of the internal structure of self-gratitude. Overall, this study showed the lay conceptions, allowing us to define self-gratitude as acknowledgment and appreciation of meaningful benefits involving the self.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: self-gratitude, prototype analysis, gratitude, positive psychology, general populatiion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Blaire Morgan
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2021 16:30
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2022 01:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/11480

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