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Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 155–167 | Cite as

The Psychological Displacement Paradigm in Diary-Writing (PDPD) and its Psychological Benefits

  • Jen-Ho ChangEmail author
  • Chin-Lan Huang
  • Yi-Cheng Lin
Research Paper

Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the psychological displacement paradigm in diary-writing (PDPD) had both immediate and short-term psychological benefits. Participants were randomly assigned to write about their recent negative life experiences two times a week for 2 weeks in PDPD group or comparison group. Results revealed that the PDPD group displayed a decrease in negative emotion and an increase in positive emotion immediately after each writing session; they also showed an increase in psychological well-being relative to the comparison group for at least 2 weeks. Implications for PDPD are discussed.

Keywords

Pronoun flexibility Psychological displacement paradigm in diary-writing (PDPD) Psychological distance Writing therapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Humanities and Social ScienceNational Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyDa’an, TaipeiTaiwan

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