Andrew MacLeod

in Prospection, well-being, and mental health

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Published in print February 2017 | ISBN: 9780198725046
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191835834 | DOI:

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A variety of methods have been used to try to change problematic prospection. In the case of well-being and mental health the main issues are how to reduce or minimize the impact of negative thoughts about the future and how to increase positive future thoughts. Existing clinical interventions do obviously address prospection but not in a developed or systematic way, and not in a way that is particularly informed by the general psychological literature. Specific interventions that address how someone thinks about the future vary from simple, short exercises to longer, more intensive programmes. Chapter 10 concludes by suggesting two promising avenues: interventions that teach goal setting and planning skills and those that enhance more specific thinking.

Keywords: Prospection; intervention; best possible selves; goals and plans training; specificity induction

Chapter.  9052 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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