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Personal time and psychopathology


Time plays an essential role in differentiating among individuals. Each person has a characteristic way of experiencing time and using it.

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This study examined the role of personal time perspective and personal temporal experience in the occurrence of depressive, anxiogenic and somatization symptoms. A sample of 230 subjects of both sexes, aged between 25 and 60 years, was used. The following instruments were used: Temporal Experience Questionnaire, Time Perspective Inventory and the Symptom Checklist 90.


Results show that subjects who are most likely to display frequent symptoms of depression, anxiety and/or somatization are those who are oriented towards negative aspects of their life in the past and/or view their present in a fatalistic or hedonistic way.


Furthermore, the occurrence of the mentioned symptoms is less probable for subjects who are oriented towards their future, organize their activities into time slots and perceive a high degree of control over their time.

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Roseanu, G., Marian, M., Tomulescu, I.M. et al. Personal time and psychopathology. Ann Gen Psychiatry 7 (Suppl 1), S269 (2008).

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