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Comfort Zone Orientation: Moving Beyond One’s Comfort Zone

dc.contributor.advisor Leary, Mark Kiknadze, Nona 2018-05-14T22:38:51Z 2018-05-14T22:38:51Z 2018-04-25
dc.description.abstract Although people often talk about behaviors or experiences being “out of their comfort zone,” no research has examined the relationship between people’s comfort zones and how they react to situations that fall outside them. Three studies examined comfort zones and the value that some people place on pushing themselves out of their comfort zones, termed comfort zone orientation (CZO). Study 1 showed that people are able to answer questions about their comfort zones and that comfort zones are related to the emotions that people expect to experience in threatening situations. Study 2 validated a measure of CZO, showing that correlations between CZO and personality measures were consistent with its conceptualization. Study 3 was a laboratory experiment that revealed that CZO related to participants’ responses to an actual anxiety-producing task and that participants who valued pushing themselves out of their comfort zone were more confident that they could make themselves perform a threatening task. This research extends our understanding of the psychological basis of comfort zones and demonstrates that the Comfort Zone Orientation Scale is a valid measure of the degree to which people value pushing themselves out of their comfort zone.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject comfort zone
dc.subject personality
dc.subject risk taking
dc.subject comfort zone orientation
dc.subject anxiety
dc.subject approach avoidance
dc.title Comfort Zone Orientation: Moving Beyond One’s Comfort Zone
dc.type Honors thesis
dc.department Psychology and Neuroscience
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