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Positive appraisal style: The mental immune system? 1

  • Laura Luyten (a1), Yannick Boddez (a1) and Dirk Hermans (a1)

Instead of converging to one, all-embracing resilience mechanism – that is, positive appraisal style – we encourage complementary research strategies, exploring both vulnerabilities and resilience factors, much like the biomedical sciences combine insights from pathophysiology and immunology. Furthermore, we argue that research with a strong focus on one central resilience mechanism may overlook or undervalue other processes that can aid in maintaining mental health.

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The authors contributed equally to the preparation of this commentary.

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