Research by Brynjar Halldorsson, University of Bath
Reassurance Seeking in Emotional Disorders
When we feel distressed we often turn to someone we trust for reassurance as the trusted person’s response often makes us feel better. Although reassurance seeking is something we all do and we often find helpful, it seems that in some instances this behaviour can create more problems than solutions. However, this shift from being helpful to becoming a problem is poorly understood.
This particular study aims to investigate reassurance seeking in people experiencing emotional disorders. We are particularly interested in exploring similarities between ‘reassurance seeking’ and ‘support seeking’ with the hope to gain insight into how people seek reassurance and support, what motivates them to seek it and not seek it, and its perceived impact on people’s feelings and behaviours. This study is part of a body of research that seeks to develop better understanding of and treatment for emotional disorders.