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Surrounding Self-Control$
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Alfred R. Mele

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197500941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197500941.001.0001

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Self-Control as a Coordination Problem

Self-Control as a Coordination Problem

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(p.65) 4 Self-Control as a Coordination Problem
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Surrounding Self-Control
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Asael Y. Sklar

Kentaro Fujita

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197500941.003.0004

This chapter presents an analysis of self-control from a motivational perspective, modeling it as the resolution of a conflict between proximal and distal concerns. It briefly reviews “divided-mind” models that suggest that self-control entails competition between opposing elements of the mind, and discusses some of the empirical and conceptual challenges to these conceptual frameworks. The authors then propose an alternative account that addresses these challenges, suggesting that coordination of (rather than competition between) elements of the mind is key to self-control. They review empirical evidence for the new model, and then conclude by outlining some of its implications for future research and theory.

Keywords:   self-control, mental coordination, motivation, dual-system, divided-mind, construal level

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