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The role of need satisfaction as a distinct and basic psychological component of autobiographical memories: a look at well-being.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of personality
1467-6494
Publication Date
Volume
79
Issue
5
Pages
905–938
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2010.00710.x
PMID: 21204842
Source
Medline
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Abstract

The purpose of the present research was to show that satisfaction of the psychological needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness constitutes a basic component characterizing autobiographical memories. In Study 1, a coding scheme and a self-rating method for measuring need satisfaction in memories were developed and shown to be highly related to each other. Across 3 studies using graduate and undergraduate students (Study 1: N=244; Study 2: N=309; Study 3: N=159), need satisfaction was found to be moderately associated with well-being measures, over and above several other memory components usually assessed in research on autobiographical memories. In addition, this association between need satisfaction in autobiographical memories and well-being held, even after controlling for person-level measures, such as personality traits, self-determined orientation, or experience of need satisfaction in general in one's life, thus suggesting that autobiographical memory and semantic self-knowledge are distinct databases.

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