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Self Control in Society, Mind, and Brain$
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Ran Hassin, Kevin Ochsner, and Yaacov Trope

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391381.001.0001

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Unpacking the Self-Control Dilemma and Its Modes of Resolution

Unpacking the Self-Control Dilemma and Its Modes of Resolution

(p.297) CHAPTER 16 Unpacking the Self-Control Dilemma and Its Modes of Resolution
Self Control in Society, Mind, and Brain

Arie W. Kruglanski

Catalina Kőpetz

Oxford University Press

The problem of self-control has been an old preoccupation since the time of Greek philosophers. In modern psychology, self-control and related concepts, such as conscientiousness, ego resilience, willpower, or the human agency, have been of longstanding interest to theorists yielding to invaluable insights into people's abilities and difficulties to cope with self-control concerns. However, an overarching conception that would guide our understanding of self-control phenomena is still in great need. The purpose of the present chapter is to organize the most recent theorizing and empirical research on self-control and to sketch the contours of such a framework around two main issues: 1) the essential “ingredients” of the self-control problem (saliency of seemingly incompatible objectives, and their relative value); 2) the basic ways of responding to the self-control problem (goal-choice, and multifinality quest).

Keywords:   self-control, goal pursuit, goal-saliency, goal-value, goal-choice, multifinality

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