Is "self- experience" really a transdiagnostic concept?

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 12:50
¿Es la "experiencia del yo" realmente un concepto transdiagnóstico?

Preliminary evidence in favor of the transdiagnostic conception of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) offers a transdiagnostic conception of the formation of the "self" and the appearance of a diversity of psychological problems based on radical behaviorism.

This study, conducted by Laura C. Sánchez Sánchez, a researcher at CIMCYC, examined to what extent a wide variety of symptoms related to psychological disorders (somatization, obsessive-compulsive, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety, hostility/aggressiveness, paranoid ideation, and psychoticism) and a global index of psychopathological severity may in fact be linked to problems of the "self".

For this purpose, 280 adult participants of Spanish nationality answered two questionnaires, one related to self-experience according to the FAP, divided into four subscales that study five self-experiences (feelings, desires, attitudes, opinions and actions), and another to know the scores in several different psychopathology scales.

The results confirmed the transdiagnostic nature of the “self”-experience, as high statistically significant correlations were obtained between all the psychopathology scales studied and the self-experience.

Linear regression analyses also show that, along with age and gender, in some cases, the self-experience score predicts each and every one of the psychopathological variables studied, in addition to the Global Severity Index. These results are discussed and related to the transdiagnostic approach to psychopathology.


  • Laura C. Sánchez Sánchez: @email

Full reference

González Palma, A. M., Sánchez-Sánchez, L. C., & Garcia-Montes, J. M. (2021). Is “Self-Experience” Really a Transdiagnostic Concept? Preliminary Evidence in Favor of the Transdiagnostic Conception of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12.