Intolerance of uncertainty: Definition and explanation

Intolerance of uncertainty: Definition and explanation


What is Intolerance of uncertainty?


Intolerance of uncertainty is trait whereby an individual has negative beliefs about uncertainty in general and its consequences. As a result people with an Intolerance of uncertainty tend to react with negative thoughts, feelings and actions to situations or prospective situations that have a level of perceived uncertainty in them.

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Buhr K, Dugas MJ. (2002) The intolerance of uncertainty scale: Psychometric properties of the English version. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2002;40:931–945.



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