Choosing goals that express the true self: A novel mechanism of the effect of self-control on goal attainment

Stavrova, Olga and Pronk, Tila and Kokkoris, Michail ORCID: (2018) Choosing goals that express the true self: A novel mechanism of the effect of self-control on goal attainment. European Journal of Social Psychology. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1099-0992

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Why is trait self-control associated with successful goal progress? Existing research has attempted to answer this question by focusing on individual differences in the process of goal pursuit. Herein, we propose and test a novel mechanism suggesting that self-control facilitates goal attainment not only by affecting the process of goal pursuit but also the type of goals peo- ple select in the first place. Three studies showed that high (vs. low) self- control individuals are more likely to report successful goal attainment and this association was mediated by their tendency to select the goals that reflect their true/authentic self. These results were obtained using cross-sectional and longitudinal designs and were robust against controlling for previously established mechanisms of the effect of trait self-control on goal attainment (habit strength, experiences of goal-conflicting desires). Overall, there findings contribute to the literatures on self-regulation, authenticity and goal management.

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Keywords: self-control, self-regulation, goal attainment, true self, authenticity
Divisions: Departments > Marketing > Marketing und KonsumentInnenforschung
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2019 09:41
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 14:17
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