The social cognition of hope

John C. Sherblom, Laura R. Umphrey

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Hope is a social cognition that involves personal agency and creative thinking about how to achieve an individual goal through interpersonal communication. Regression results show that social cognition skills differ in their effect on a person’s hope. Social sensitivity and situational understanding both predict hope. Interestingly, perceived skill in social expression does not. These results suggest that communication training designed to facilitate hope is more likely to be effective when focused on active listening and social situational understanding than on articulate personal self-expression designed to influence or persuade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-29
Number of pages10
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Hope
  • interpersonal communication
  • social cognition
  • social cognitive skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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