The Relationship Between Domain Satisfaction and Domain Importance: The Moderating Role of Depression

  • M. Joseph SirgyEmail author
  • Min Young Kim
  • Mohsen Joshanloo
  • Dong-Jin Lee
  • Michael Bosnjak
Research Paper


A study involving a large-scale social survey was administered to a representative German sample provided evidence demonstrating three information processing principles associated with life satisfaction judgments: (1) judgments of domain satisfaction tend to influence judgments of domain importance; (2) the effect of domain satisfaction on domain importance tends to be moderated by depressive realism; and (3) depression tends to influence domain satisfaction judgments. Specifically, depression mitigates the influence of domain satisfaction on domain importance. Nondepressed individuals tend to use compensation (an ego-enhancing strategy) to inflate the importance of domains they experience high satisfaction as well as deflate the importance of those domains they experience low satisfaction. As such, the effect of domain satisfaction on domain importance is accentuated for the nondepressed compared to the depressed.


Domain satisfaction Domain importance Life satisfaction Depressive realism Depression Subjective well-being Bottom-up theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Marketing, Pamplin College of BusinessVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)BlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyKeimyung UniversityDaeguSouth Korea
  3. 3.School of BusinessYonsei UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  4. 4.University of TrierTrierGermany
  5. 5.ZPID-Leibniz Institute for Psychology InformationTrierGermany

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