Diana Nechita

Diana Nechita
Babeş-Bolyai University | UBB · Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Doctor of Psychology

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October 2017 - present
Babeş-Bolyai University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
November 2014 - present
Babeş-Bolyai University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
October 2013 - December 2016
Babeş-Bolyai University
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (32)
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Self-compassion implies kindness towards oneself, a feeling of shared humanity and mindfulness. On the other hand, unconditional self-acceptance means that the self has inherent value due to its existence, therefore it should be accepted unconditionally. While there is research on each of these concepts separately, the literature is scarce when it...
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Childhood adversity is a major risk factor for multiple forms of psychopathology, and recent efforts have focused on understanding the underlying psychological mechanisms. One outstanding candidate is emotion regulation, which has been associated with both childhood adversity, and psychopathology. Based on the available evidence, the present meta-a...
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Background: According to empirical evidence, trait anger and emotion regulation strategies are associated with depression severity. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of trait anger and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies in explaining the variance of depressive symptoms severity. Methods: 203 participants diagnosed...
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Objective Numerous empirical studies and theoretical models posit that shame is a common experience among individuals across the eating disorder spectrum. In this study we aim to investigate the association between shame and eating disorders symptoms using a meta-analytical approach. Method In this meta-analysis, we synthesized findings from 195 s...
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To date, there is no evidence regarding how self-compassion's components, self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness could work as distinct interventions. Thus, the main objective of the present study was exploring the effects that the three separate components of self-compassion would have on shame-proneness levels in individuals with clinical...
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The chapter exposes a brief history of psychotherapy following the framework of “scientific revolutions”, as advanced by Thomas Kuhn. Although philosophers and theologians have been preoccupied since ancient times with the sources of human suffering and its alleviation, psychotherapy only emerged in incipient forms in the 19th century. We will brie...
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Background In recent years, research has increasingly focused on body dissatisfaction, which is associated with numerous negative psychological and physical health consequences and, more importantly, with the development and maintenance of eating pathology. Objective In the present study, we focused on the effect of two adaptive emotion regulation...
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Purpose of review: Studies on the relations between shame and anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs) are reviewed, with a focus on recent work. Recent findings: Medium-sized positive correlations have been consistently found across anxiety disorders and OCRDs, suggesting that this relation is transdiagnostic. Most studies...
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The study aimed to investigate the effect of two emotion regulation strategies targeting self-evaluative processes on state-shame. Participants were 113 students who were randomly assigned to three conditions: self-distancing, cognitive reappraisal, and a control group. The study compared the impact of the emotion regulation instructions on experim...
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The goal of this meta-analysis was to examine the associations between specific emotion regulation abilities (emotional awareness, emotional clarity) and strategies (acceptance of emotions, reappraisal, problem-solving, rumination, avoidance of emotions, and suppression), and eating pathology. A total of 96 studies and 239 effect sizes were include...
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While much of the research on emotion regulation has focused on negative emotion regulation and its relationship with psychopathology, there is also increasing evidence that the regulation of positive emotions may be in some instances problematic. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between irrational beliefs, as described in Rational...
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Rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT) emphasizes the role of irrational beliefs as causes of emotional disturbance (i.e., dysfunctional emotions, like depression). REBT relies on the ABC model (Ellis, 1994), where the activating event (A) is further interpreted in a rational or irrational manner (B), thus leading to functional or dysfunctional e...
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The nature of happiness and the good life have preoccupied people for millennia and the idea that what matters is not just to live, but to live well has been central to both Eastern and Western philosophical thought (Kesebir & Diener, 2008). In psychology, interest in this topic can be traced back to the origins of the field itself, in William Jame...
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Self-compassion is conceptualized as a particularly useful strategy in regulating shame. However, only a limited number of studies have investigated its effect on shame and shame-proneness. Also, it is not clear if this strategy is equally effective as other well-established techniques used for regulating basic emotions. The aim of the present stud...
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There is a growing body of investigations showing that shame and guilt are important features of various psychological problems including anxiety disorders. This study quantitatively summarized the magnitude of the associations of shame and guilt with anxiety symptoms. We looked both at the associations with broader categories of anxiety symptoms (...
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Depression and anxiety in the elderly are highly prevalent, significantly interfere with successful aging, associate with poorer health outcomes and impose high healthcare costs. Randomized control trials and subsequent meta-analyses have shown that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety is effective for the elderly populatio...
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In this chapter, we will introduce the principles and structure of a group-delivered REBT treatment protocol designed for depressed children and adolescents. The protocol was already tested in a clinical trial, comparing group REBT, medication (i.e., sertraline), and their combination in treating youth depression by considering multiple levels of a...
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This chapter presents an REBT protocol used for treating MDD (a previous version of this protocol can be found here: http://albertellis.org/pdf_files/rebt_depression.pdf). The protocol follows the descriptions and techniques presented in well-established theoretical and clinical guidelines for rational-emotive behavioral therapy (e.g., Ellis & Grie...
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Eating disorders are disabling conditions, associated with high levels of comorbid psychopathology, medical complications, increased role impairment and high suicide rates, with anorexia evidencing the highest mortality rate of all mental disorders. Eating disorders are also associated with a substantial economic burden in terms of both lost produc...
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Evidence shows that people with high social anxiety levels ruminate about distressing social events, which contributes to the maintenance of social anxiety symptoms. The present study aimed to explore the role of shame in maintaining post-event rumination (PER) following a negative social event (an impromptu speech with negative feedback) in a stud...
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Coaching is a developing field which has received increased attention in recent years among both researchers and practitioners. However, there are no clear regulations in some countries, and coaches are not required to have specific training. We investigated Romanian CBT practitioners’ background and training in coaching, whether or not they offer...
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Rooted in people’s preoccupation with how they are perceived and evaluated, shame and guilt are self-conscious emotions that play adaptive roles in social behavior, but can also contribute to psychopathology when dysregulated. Shame and guilt-proneness develop during childhood and adolescence, and are influenced by genetic and environmental factors...
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Computerized cognitive training for working memory has become increasingly popular in recent years. Given the tendency towards the aging of the population and the cognitive decline associated with aging, older adults are one of the groups in which such interventions have been implemented and evaluated. The purpose of this paper is to review studies...
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Several studies showed that shame has a unique contribution to depressive symptoms. However, little is known about the mechanisms of this association. In this study we examined whether trait rumination moderates the relationship between shame- proneness and depressive symptoms. The results indicate that trait rumination is a significant moderator m...
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Concerns about how one looks are frequent in Western societies as individuals strive to achieve the culturally defined ideals. Dissatisfaction with one's body is associated with feelings of shame. This chapter synthesizes the state of art regarding shame and its associations with body image and eating disorders. We first make a critical review of t...
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Shame is a self-conscious emotion that was recently acknowledged as having a unique contribution to psychopathology, different from that of guilt. Several investigations have pointed out the roles that this emotion may play in the development and/or the maintenance of psychological problems. This article discusses the implications of shame for psyc...

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Eating disorders (EDs) are severe mental disorders associated with high levels of both psychological and physical impairment, with anorexia nervosa being the psychiatric disorder which the highest mortality rate. EDs are highly comorbid social anxiety disorder (SAD), high comorbidity being associated with a poor treatment prognosis. A possible explanation for the high comorbidity between EDs and SAD is the presence of shared vulnerability factor which predispose the individual to both types of disorders. One such factor might be shame which is defined as a negative complex self-conscious emotion which involve a global negative evaluation of the entire self. Despite the fact that there are numerous studies showing that shame is a central feature in both EDs and SAD, there are almost no studies investigating shame as a potential underlying shared factor. This project aims to systematically investigate shame as a shared vulnerability factor in EDs and SAD.