Ilios Kotsou

Ilios Kotsou
Université Libre de Bruxelles | ULB · Research Centre of Social and Intercultural Psychology (CRPSI)

Doctor of Psychology

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-Mindfulness, pro-social and pro environnemental behaviors -Change processes in interventions -Resilience -Well-being -Emotions

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Les émotions sont des éléments clefs de notre bien-être tout comme elles peuvent être impliquées dans des problèmes de santé mentale importants (dépression, troubles anxieux…). Les demandes de thérapie ou d’accompagnement sont presque toujours en lien avec la présence d’émotions difficiles : tristesse, impuissance, déception, anxiété, solitude, col...
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Anorexia nervosa (AN) is related to difficulties in emotion regulation, including a deficit in interoceptive awareness. The lack of interoceptive awareness is considered a vulnerability involved in the development and maintenance of anorexic symptoms. Surprisingly, no study has been conducted that focuses on these associations in an emotional conte...
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Introduction A symptom cluster is very common among oncological patients: cancer-related fatigue (CRF), emotional distress, sleep difficulties, pain, and cognitive difficulties. Clinical applications of interventions based on non-ordinary states of consciousness, mostly hypnosis and meditation, are starting to be investigated in oncology settings....
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Satisfaction with life as a judgmental cognitive process can be negatively influenced by appraisals of daily events such as hassles. Trait-gratitude—a tendency to appraise, recognize and respond to life events through being grateful—is a determinant of mental health and well-being, and has been shown to be related to the positive appraisal of life....
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A major underlying assumption of positive psychology is that we can influence our well-being through our own behavior. It remains an open question as to whether the general public shares this perception, and how this is related to their actual level of well-being. Do they feel a sense of control over their well-being or do they see it more as subje...
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Résumé Les effets bénéfiques de la marche et la pleine conscience sur le bien-être ont déjà été démontrés dans de précédentes recherches. Dès lors, notre objectif de recherche était de vérifier si une marche en pleine conscience engendrait aussi un effet positif sur le sentiment de bien-être. Au niveau méthodologique, nous avons comparé un échantil...
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This study validated the French version of the Brief Resilience Scale (BRS-F) and tested the protective role of resilience in the context of vicarious trauma (22 March 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels) regarding anxiety and depression symptoms. Confirmatory factor analyses indicated a single-factor structure of the BRS-F. Investigation of converg...
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Introduction Organizations which engage in the promotion of well-being are likely to prevent mental health issues in workers. Mindfulness-based interventions offer new perspectives to increase well-being at work. However, the issue of finding time and framework to practice at work is important. Recent studies suggested that informal mindfulness pra...
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The COVID-19 lockdown increased the day-to-day challenges faced by parents, and thereby may have increased parental burnout risk. Therefore, identifying parental burnout protection factors is essential. This study aimed to assess the protective role of the following factors which can be increased through mindfulness practice: trait mindfulness, sel...
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Objectives : Past research has suggested that mindfulness training reduces automaticity while processing socio-emotional stimuli. The present study aimed to analyze how mindfulness practice may reduce the use of prior knowledge during the recognition of emotional facial expressions. Based on a predictive brain model, we hypothesized that mindfulne...
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In this paper, we examined the psychometric properties of the English and French versions of the Multidimensional Psychological Flexibility Inventory short form (MPFI-24). Study 1 was conducted in the United States among the general population (N = 2,668) to assess the reliability and factorial validity of the English version. In Study 2, the MPFI-...
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Student distress is considered as a specific public health issue as research has shown increased levels of anxiety, depression, and risk behaviors in this population. Students report high levels of daily hassles, workload, lack of meaning, manageability, and understanding throughout their university years. These factors lead to increased academic b...
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According to objectification theory (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997), being treated as an object leads women to engage in self‐objectification, which in turn increases body surveillance and body shame as well as impairs mental health. However, very little is known about what factors could act as buffers against the detrimental consequences of self‐obj...
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Emotional intelligence (EI) can be defined as the ability to identify, express, understand, manage, and use emotions. EI has been shown to have an important impact on health, relationships, and work/academic performance. In this article, we present a systematic review of 46 EI intervention studies on adult populations in order to assess their outco...
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Introduction The long-term consequences of divorce on adult children's mental health appear to be under-investigated. Specifically, the respective roles of parental separation and the level of perceived parental conflict are still controversial. Objective This paper considers a model between depression and anxiety disorders (DAD) during the adulth...
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Au cours des dernières années, bon nombre d’interventions ont été implantées dans les organisations afin d’aider les employés à cultiver leur pleine conscience. Dans cet article, nous mettons en lumière les dangers liés à l’instrumentalisation de la pleine conscience en milieu de travail et déplorons le fait que les interventions soient souvent mis...
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This study examined the factor structure of the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) using secondary data drawn from 20 samples (N = 11,685)—7 English and 13 non-English—including 10 community, 6 student, 1 mixed community/student, 1 meditator, and 2 clinical samples. Self-compassion is theorized to represent a system with 6 constituent components: self-kin...
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In this paper, we will discuss various issues related to the concept of resilience, which we conventionally defined as a dynamic process allowing for positive adaptation in a context of significant adversity. First, we will try to draw the reader's attention to the importance of the concept of resilience in terms of public health. Second, we will a...
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This study examined the factor structure of the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) in 20 international samples (N = 11,685), including 10 community, 6 student, 1 mixed, 1 meditator and 2 clinical samples. Self-compassion is theorized to have six constituent components - self-kindness, self-judgment, common humanity, isolation, mindfulness, and over-identi...
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In 2014 in theJournal of Experimental Psychology: General, we reported 2 studies demonstrating that the diversity of emotions that people experience-as measured by the Shannon-Wiener entropy index-was an independent predictor of mental and physical health, over and above the effect of mean levels of emotion. Brown and Coyne (2017) questioned both o...
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In this paper, we discuss various issues related to the concept of resilience, which is conventionally defined as a dynamic process allowing for a positive adaptation in a context of significant adversity. First, we try to draw the reader's attention to the importance of the concept of resilience in terms of public health. Second, we address the di...
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Results: For measures of psychological distress, the acceptance measure uniquely accounted for between 4 and 30 times the variance that the emotional competence, emotion regulation and mindfulness measures did. Limitations: These results are based on cross-sectional designs and non-clinical samples, longitudinal and experimental studies as clini...
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Biases are numerous in the literature on subjective well-being. This is true for measures of life satisfaction as well as for measures related to it, for instance mindfulness. Reviewing the literature on mindfulness measures, we identified eleven self-report questionnaires measuring trait mindfulness and three measuring state mindfulness. However,...
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The objective of this research is to test a mediation model between family dynamics and eating disorders (ED) through resilience skills. A non-clinical sample of 143 young women (Mage D 19.9 years, SD D 4.2) was recruited. All participants completed three valid questionnaires: The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT 26), the Family Adaptability and Cohesion...
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In the field of positive psychology, the subjective happiness scale (SHS) is one of the most widely used measures of happiness. While the scale has been translated into many languages, there is still no valid French version. The goal of this article is to investigate the psychometric properties of the French translation of SHS and to establish a st...
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Over the past few years, the topic of self-compassion has attracted increasing attention from both scientific and clinical fields. The Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) was created to specifically capture this way of being kind and understanding towards oneself in moments of turmoil. In this article, we present a French adaptation of the SCS. We first ex...
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Mindfulness training improves mental health and psychological functioning. Although several questionnaires have been developed to measure mindfulness, the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) is currently one of the most widely used scales. However, uncertainty remains about whether the effects of mindfulness training can be unambiguously at...
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Bridging psychological research exploring emotional complexity and research in the natural sciences on the measurement of biodiversity, we introduce-and demonstrate the benefits of-emodiversity: the variety and relative abundance of the emotions that humans experience. Two cross-sectional studies across more than 37,000 respondents demonstrate that...
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The role of stable factors, such as alexithymia, or temporary factors, such as affective states, on emotion perception has been widely investigated in the literature. However, barely nothing is known about the separate or joint effect of the alexithymia level (i.e., difficulties identifying and expressing feelings, externally-oriented cognitive sty...
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Emotional competence1 (EC)? i.e. the ability to identify, express, understand, regulate and use one's own and others' emotions flexibly and constructively ? has important consequences for adaptation. Specifically, people with greater EC have greater mental and physical well-being, better social relationships and greater career success. The current...
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Are emotionally intelligent people sentimental? Does their greater sensitivity handicap them or are they able, as theory would expect, to experience and regulate emotions flexibly, depending on their goals? We examined this issue in organizational settings. Good managers are indeed expected to be both attuned to feelings (theirs as well as their su...
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This study builds on earlier work showing that adult emotional competencies (EC) could be improved through a relatively brief training. In a set of 2 controlled experimental studies, the authors investigated whether developing EC could lead to improved emotional functioning; long-term personality changes; and important positive implications for phy...
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This study aimed to investigate (a) whether it is possible to increase emotional competence (EC) in adulthood; (b) whether this improvement results in better mental, physical, and social adjustment; (c) whether this improvement can be maintained 1 year later; and (d) whether these benefits are accompanied by a reduction in stress-hormone secretion...

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