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Published: 2022-11-01

The Mediator Role of Rumination on the Link between Critical Thinking and Social Discomfort

University of Bucharest
social anxiety performance anxiety autobiographical memory negative emotionality


This study aims to investigate whether rumination could be a potential mediator of the relationship between critical thinking and social discomfort. Featuring new knowledge reported in the literature, a non-experimental, crosssectional study based on a sample of 158 participants from different fields of activity was conducted. The results of the statistical analysis showed that critical thinking is a significant predictor of social discomfort. Furthermore, rumination partly mediated the relationship between the two studied constructs. These findings can be explained based on the literature on perseverative cognition, a characteristic that may explain the effect of rumination as an explanatory mechanism for the relationship between critical thinking and social discomfort. Theoretical and practical implications highlight the negative effects that critical thinking can have in a social context.


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How to Cite

Busuioc, A. C. (2022). The Mediator Role of Rumination on the Link between Critical Thinking and Social Discomfort. Studia Doctoralia, 13(2), 86–96.