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Advances in Psychological Science    2020, Vol. 28 Issue (2) : 358-367     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.00358
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Work-related rumination and its “double-edged sword” effect
ZHANG Jing1,2,LI Weihe1,SHI Yanwei1,ZHANG Nan1,MA Hongyu1()
1 School of Psychology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China
2 School of Psychology, Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang 453003, China
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Abstract  

Work-related rumination (WRR) refers to conscious, recurring work-related thoughts that occur without being asked to do so. WRR is divided into two dimensions: work-related affective rumination and work-related problem-solving pondering. The influence of WRR on individual health, work and happiness is a double-edged sword. Perseverative cognition theory, cognitive activation theory of stress and cognitive resource perspective theory provide explanations for the internal mechanism of positive and negative effects of WRR. Researchers should analyze boundary conditions affecting the double-edged sword effect, seek the route of reducing its negative effects and increasing the positive effect, in the future. Besides, researchers should also expand the analytical perspective of psychological mechanism of the double-edged sword effect, as well as the functional level of the effect.

Keywords work-related rumination (WRR)      “double-edged sword” effect      perseverative cognition theory      cognitive activation theory of stress      cognitive resource perspective theory     
ZTFLH:  B849:C93  
Corresponding Authors: Hongyu MA     E-mail: mahy@mail.ccnu.edu.cn
Issue Date: 25 December 2019
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Jing ZHANG,Weihe LI,Yanwei SHI, et al. Work-related rumination and its “double-edged sword” effect[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2020, 28(2): 358-367.
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