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J Pers Soc Psychol. 1998 Aug;75(2):494-508.

Personal goals and emotional well-being: the moderating role of motive dispositions.

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Department of Psychology, University of Erlangen, Germany. brunstei@rz.uni-potsdam.de

Abstract

Two studies examined the importance of motive dispositions in determining the extent to which the pursuit of personal goals accounts for interindividual differences in emotional well-being. Within the domains of agency and communion, motives were assessed with a picture-story test, whereas self-report measures were used to assess goal attributes. Study 1 found that progress toward motive-congruent goals, in contrast to progress toward motive-incongruent goals, accounted for students' daily experiences of emotional well-being. Study 2 found that the combination of high commitment to and high attainability of motive-congruent goals predicted an increase in students' emotional well-being over 1 semester. In contrast, high commitment to motive-incongruent goals predicted a decline in emotional well-being. Results are discussed with reference to a 2-system approach to human motivation.

PMID:
9731321
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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