Perspectives on behavioral self-regulation by Robert S. Wyer

By Robert S. Wyer

The suggestions version of self-regulation built by means of the authors of the lead article during this quantity has been the most winning theoretical formulations of regulatory approaches up to now. the variety of phenomena to which this framework possibly applies is clear from its skill to include implications of different conceptualizations as different as disaster conception and dynamic structures conception. the variety of concerns and techniques handled via Carver and Scheier is matched via the better half articles, that are written from views ranging throughout developmental psychology, cognitive technology, medical psychology, and organizational determination making, in addition to mainstream social cognition.

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The questions that lie behind this interest are very abstract: What concepts are most useful in thinking about how people create overt action from intentions and desires? Once people have decided to do something, how do they stay on course? What processes account for the existence of feelings, as people make their way through the world? 1 It's an attempt to make something happen that's already in mind, even if only vaguely so. This idea spawns several distinct themes, which are the core topic of this chapter.

In this case, the reference is an acceptable or desired rate of behavioral discrepancy reduction. As in other feedback loops, the comparison checks for a deviation from the standard. If there is a deviation, an output function engages. We suggest that the outcome of the comparison process at the heart of this loop (the error signal generated by the comparator) is manifest phenomenologically in two forms. One is a hazy and nonverbal sense of expectancy-confidence or doubt. The other is affect, feeling, a sense of positiveness or negativeness.

In its 12-year history, the series has presented major theoretical contributions in virtually every area of social cognition and permitted them to be evaluated from a number of perspectives. This could not have been accomplished without the support and commitment of Lawrence Erlbaum and his staff to publishing a high-quality set of volumes. It has been a pleasure to work with them. ROBERT S. WYER, JR. Page 1 1 Themes and Issues in the Self-Regulation of Behavior Charles S. Carver University of Miami Michael F Scheier Carnegie Mellon University We are interested in the structure of behavior.

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