Positive affect, intuition and referential thinking Academic Article uri icon


  • This study tested the prediction that individual differences in intuition would interact with positive affect (PA) to predict referential thinking, in a nonclinical sample. Participants (N = 146) completed questionnaires measuring PA, intuition, referential thinking, personality traits, depression, anxiety, and meaning in life. Controlling for anxiety and depression and traits, the interaction of PA and intuition predicted referential thinking. Exploratory analyses demonstrated that at high levels of PA, referential thinking was positively associated with meaning in life. The role of meaning-making processes in referential thinking is discussed. 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • King, L. A., & Hicks, J. A.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • King, Laura A||Hicks, Joshua A

publication date

  • January 2009