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On the Self-Regulation of Behavior

On the Self-Regulation of Behavior


  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521000994

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  • This book presents a thorough overview of a model of human functioning based on the idea that behavior is goal-directed and regulated by feedback control processes. It describes feedback processes and their application to behavior, considers goals and the idea that goals are organized hierarchically, examines affect as deriving from a different kind of feedback process, and analyzes how success expectancies influence whether people keep trying to attain goals or disengage. Later sections consider a series of emerging themes, including dynamic systems as a model for shifting among goals, catastrophe theory as a model for persistence, and the question of whether behavior is controlled or instead 'emerges'. Three chapters consider the implications of these various ideas for understanding maladaptive behavior, and the closing chapter asks whether goals are a necessity of life. Throughout, theory is presented in the context of diverse issues that link the theory to other literatures.

    • Coherent, integrative, broad theoretical statement
    • Incorporates up-to-date discussion of emergent topics such as dynamic systems
    • Considers both adaptive and maladaptive aspects of behavior
    • Highlights issues about which more research needs to be done
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521000994
    • length: 460 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.621kg
    • contains: 96 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction and plan
    2. Principles of feedback control
    3. Discrepancy reducing feedback processes in behavior
    4. Discrepancy enlarging loops, and three further issues
    5. Goals and behavior
    6. Goals, hierarchicality, and behavior: further issues
    7. Public and private aspects of the self
    8. Control processes and affect
    9. Affect: issues and comparisons
    10. Expectancies and disengagement
    11. Disengagement: issues and comparisons
    12. Applications to problems in living
    13. Hierarchicality and problems in living
    14. Chaos and dynamic systems
    15. Catastrophe theory
    16. Further applications to problems in living
    17. Is behavior controlled or does it emerge?
    18. Goal engagement, life and death.

  • Authors

    Charles S. Carver, University of Miami

    Michael F. Scheier, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania

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