The ability to regulate and control our behaviors is a key accomplishment of the human species, yet the psychological mechanisms involved in self-regulation remain incompletely understood. This book presents contributions from leading international researchers who survey the most recent developments in this fascinating area. The chapters shed new light on the subtle and often subconscious ways that the people seek to regulate their thoughts, feelings and behaviors in everyday social life. The contributions seek answers to such intriguing questions as: How can we improve our ability to control our actions? How do people make decisions about which goals to pursue? How do we maintain and manage goal-oriented behavior? What happens when we run out of self-regulation resources? Can we match people and the regulatory demands of to specific tasks so as to optimize performance? What role does self-regulation play in sports performance, in maintaining successful relationships, and in managing work situations?

The book offers a highly integrated and representative coverage of this important field, and is suitable as a core textbook in advanced courses dealing with social behavior and the applications of psychology to real-life problems.

chapter 1|17 pages

The Psychology of Self-Regulation

An Introductory Review

part I|87 pages

Motivational Processes in Self-Regulation

chapter 2|13 pages

Self-Regulation as a Limited Resource

Strength Model of Control and Depletion

chapter 3|17 pages

What's Interest Got to Do With It?

Potential Trade-Offs in the Self-Regulation of Motivation

chapter 4|19 pages

Unscrambling Self-Regulatory Behavior Determination

The Interplay of Impulse Strength, Reflective Processes, and Control Resources

chapter 5|20 pages

On Self-Protection and Self-Enhancement Regulation

The Role of Self-Improvement and Social Norms

chapter 6|13 pages

“Fit” in Sports

Self-Regulation and Athletic Performances

part II|91 pages

Self-Regulation and Goal-Oriented Behavior

chapter 8|20 pages

Making Goal Pursuit Effective

Expectancy-Dependent Goal Setting and Planned Goal Striving

chapter 9|16 pages

Goal Gradients

Challenges to a Basic Principle of Motivation

chapter 10|19 pages

The Dynamics of Self-Regulation

part III|71 pages

Affective and Cognitive Processes in Self-Regulation

part IV|65 pages

Self-Regulation and Social and Interpersonal Processes