depressive realism

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A reduction or absence of unrealistic optimism and the overconfidence effect in a person with depression, depressed people being characteristically (across situations and domains) more accurate in their processing of information related to themselves and non-depressed people being characteristically positively biased. The concept was introduced in 1979 in an article by the US psychologists Lauren B(ersh) Alloy (born 1953) and Lyn Y(vonne) Abramson (born 1950) in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. See also illusion of control.

Subjects: Psychology.

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