Daily Mental Lapses and the Subjective Experience of True Self-Alienation Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 Elsevier Inc. The current research drew upon cross-sectional evidence that feelings of being disconnected from one's “true” self (true self-alienation) covary with tendencies to become mentally detached from present environmental stimuli (mind wandering). Two longitudinal studies tested the prospective associations between true self-alienation and mind wandering. Study 1 found evidence for a positive association between true self-alienation and mind wandering at the trait level only. Study 2, which employed a more optimal design, revealed reciprocal positive prospective associations between with-in person fluctuations in “true” self-alienation and mind wandering. Our results provide new evidence for the association between true self-alienation and mind wandering and suggest that basic aspects of conscious experience are prospectively linked to feelings of self-alienation.

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  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Vess, M., Brooker, R. J., Schlegel, R. J., & Hicks, J. A.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • February 2019