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Svetlana Komissarouk

Social Psychologist

Lecturer for academic and general public

Group therapist

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Radical acceptance starts with active listening

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Research work

In the Classroom

“I” Seek Autonomy, “We” Rely on Each

Self-Construal and Regulatory
Focus as Determinants of Autonomy and Dependency-Oriented Help-Seeking


There are two typical approaches to requesting help: autonomy-oriented help-seeking (asking in order to learn how to fix a problem) versus dependency-oriented help-seeking (asking a helper to fix it). This article presents three studies demonstrating the systematic impact of a person’s chronic or activated self-construal (interdependent vs. independent) that operates through activated regulatory focus (prevention vs. promotion) on these two help-seeking styles. 

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Dispositional differences in seeking autonomy- or dependency-oriented

Conceptual development and scale validation


This paper presents integrated sets of studies testing whether stable personal tendencies in help-seeking behavior: autonomy-oriented (asking for help to learn how to fix a problem) versus dependency-oriented (asking
someone else to fix it) could be established and reliably assessed. We report on the reliability and validation of
a new self-report, Likert-scaled measurement of autonomous and dependent help-seeking styles.


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