Self-regulation

Reminders and Suggestions from Personality Science

Published in: Applied Psychology, v. 55, no. 3, July 2006, p. 333-385

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2006

by Daniel Cervone, Daniel Cervone, William G. Shadel, Ronald E. Smith, Marina Fiori

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The self-regulation literature commonly is said to lack theoretical order. This paper explores the possibility that advances in personality science may foster clarity in this literature. Our goals are two-fold. The authors remind readers of conceptual distinctions that are central to contemporary personality science, that are necessary to the attainment of theoretical order in the self-regulation literature, yet that sometimes are overlooked. Secondly, the authors suggest that basic and applied students of self-regulation would profit by capitalising on recent advances in personality science that explore intra-individual personality structure and dynamics. The authors review theory and research on the architecture of intra-individual personality systems and applications of this work to three domains: health, clinical, and work/industrial/organisation psychology.

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