Mental Rumination as a Proximal Mediator of LH Effects

  • Mario Mikulincer
Part of the The Springer Series in Social/Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


A cognitive process that contributes to coping and may directly affect the shaping of LH effects is mental rumination. It involves the conscious processing and elaboration of information related to coping with a mismatch (Kuhl, 1984; Martin & Tesser, 1989). It helps the coping process by filling consciousness with thoughts needed for altering the environment (action thoughts), accommodating mental structures (state thoughts), or avoiding a direct confrontation with a mismatch (task-irrelevant thoughts). Various theoretical propositions have focused on the process of rumination (Kuhl, 1984, Martin & Tesser, 1989), and research has shown its effects on coping and functioning (Kuhl, 1984, 1985).


Avoidance Coping Test Task Action Rumination Action Thought State Thought 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Mikulincer
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  1. 1.Bar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

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