By Robert S. Wyer

The suggestions version of self-regulation constructed through the authors of the lead article during this quantity has been the most winning theoretical formulations of regulatory procedures to this point. the variety of phenomena to which this framework possibly applies is obvious from its skill to include implications of alternative conceptualizations as various as disaster conception and dynamic structures thought. the variety of concerns and ways handled via Carver and Scheier is matched through the spouse articles, that are written from views ranging throughout developmental psychology, cognitive technological know-how, scientific psychology, and organizational choice making, in addition to mainstream social cognition.

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Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Page v Contents Preface vii 1 Themes and Issues in the Self-Regulation of Behavior Charles S. Carver and Michael F. Scheier 1 2 Emerging Goals and the Self-Regulation of Behavior Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura 107 3 Affect, Goals, and the Self-Regulation of Behavior Joseph P. Forgas and Patrick T. Vargas 119 4 The Speed of Goal Pursuit Peter M. Gollwitzer and Uwe B. Rohloff 147 5 Content Versus Structure in Motivation and Self-Regulation Heidi Grant and Carol S.

Our intent is to recast several ideas from a slightly different angle than may be familiar to readers. One thing we've done throughout our careers is to juxtapose ideas that hadn't been juxtaposed before, which on occasion has led to a pulling together of disparate threads in an interesting way. That has been one of our goals here as well. The chapter is organized in terms of a series of conceptual themes that we've found useful and important in our own thinking. Some of these themes have been central in our thinking for some time; others are newer and more tentative.

Page 14 to ''be" a particular way and goals to "do" certain things (and at lower levels, goals to create physical movement). Action Identification Although the Powers hierarchy per se hasn't been studied empirically, another theory that strongly resembles itVallacher and Wegner's (1985, 1987) action identification theoryhas been. This model is framed in terms of how people think about the actions they're taking, but it also conveys the sense that how people think about their actions is informative about the goals by which they're guiding the actions.

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