Depressed Persons More Likely to Set Abstract Goals

goalNew research by the University of Liverpool has found that people with depression have more generalized personal goals than non-depressed people. The study, conducted by Joanne Dickson, Ph.D., compared the lists of personal goals made by people who suffered from depression and those who didn’t.

The participants listed goals that they would like to accomplish in the short, medium, or long-term. While both groups listed the same amount of goals, persons with depression listed more abstract goals and were more likely to give vague reasons for achieving or not achieving the goals.

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