The effectiveness of positive psychotherapy on cognitive agitation and self-compassion in people with hypertension

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Phd student in Psychology, Department of Psychology, Semnan branch,Islamic Azad University,Semnan,Iran.

2 Assistant professor,Department of Psychology,Semnan branch,Islamic Azad University,Semnan,Iran.) Corresponding Author(

3 Associate professor,Department of Psychology,Semnan branch,Islamic Azad University,Semnan,Iran.

4 Social Determinants of health research center,Semnan university of medical sciences,Semnan,Iran.


Introduction: High blood pressure is one of the major public health issues in the world today and the most important risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Methods: The method of the present study was a quasi-experimental pre-test-post-test design. The statistical population of the study was all patients with hypertension in Mahdishahr in 1399. The sample of this study included 48 patients with hypertension, which were available randomly. Among the women who referred to the comprehensive health service centers, they were selected and randomly assigned to experimental (n = 24) and control (n = 24) groups. Gilanders (2010) cognitive fusion diagnostic scales and self-compassion questionnaire were used to collect. Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 23 and multivariate and univariate analysis of covariance tests.
Results: The results showed that after adjusting the pre-test scores, there was a significant difference between the studied groups in the variables of cognitive fusion other than cognitive fault and self-compassion. In fact, positive psychotherapy has a significant effect on cognitive agitation and self-compassion dimensions in patients with hypertension. P <% 05
Conclusion: The results showed that there was a significant difference between the control and experimental groups in terms of self-compassion and cognitive fusion variables in the post-test. Therefore, considering the effectiveness of positive treatment in lowering blood pressure, these results are recommended for clinicians and health care providers.