This paper extends the self-categorisation model of symptom appraisals to predict that individuals who believe they have a given illness will perceive concurrent symptoms relevant to that illness to be more severe when they categorise themselves as members of a group of people with that illness. These predictions are supported with opportunity samples of individuals reporting, or not reporting a common cold (Study 1, N = 60) and reporting colds or tinnitus (Study 2, N = 64). In both studies, relevant symptoms were rated as more severe when illness group memberships were salient. The methodological, theoretical and clinical implications of these findings and possible therapeutic applications of self-categorisation theory to symptom perceptions are discussed.
|Translated title of the contribution||How do I know what I feel? Evidence for the role of self categorisation in symptom perceptions|
|Pages (from-to)||173 - 186|
|Journal||European Journal of Social Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|