Temptations, Goal Conflicts and Self-Control Strategies

Goal pursuit occurs in the context of competing goals. For example, the long-term pursuit of academic success often occurs in the presence of short-term hedonic goals, or temptations. Hence, pursuing a focal goal involves negotiation with other conflicting goals.

Our lab study how people resolve such goal conflicts with self-control strategies.

Sample questions that motivate our research are:

1. What is the nature of the impulses related to temptation?
2. Can we provide implicit training to reduce the impulse?
3. How do people resist temptations with self-control strategies (e.g., proactively removing temptations in an environment)?
4. Do people always abstain from temptations or do they strategically indulge in temptations?

Image by Micheile Henderson
Interpersonal Influence in Goal Pursuit
Temporal Context of Goal Pursuit
Emotions and Goal Pursuit
Temptations, Goal Conflicts and Self-Control Strategies
Goal Pursuit and Society
Social Cognition, Motivational Processes, and Creativity