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Goal striving, need satisfaction, and longitudinal well-being: the self-concordance model.
  • K. Sheldon, A. Elliot
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1 March 1999
An integrative model of the conative process, which has important ramifications for psychological need satisfaction and hence for individuals' well-being, is presented and is shown to provide a satisfactory fit to 3 longitudinal data sets and to be independent of the effects of self-efficacy, implementation intentions, avoidance framing, and life skills. Expand
Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change
The pursuit of happiness is an important goal for many people. However, surprisingly little scientific research has focused on the question of how happiness can be increased and then sustained,Expand
What is satisfying about satisfying events? Testing 10 candidate psychological needs.
Supporting self-determination theory postulates--autonomy, competence, and relatedness, were consistently among the top 4 needs, in terms of both their salience and their association with event-related affect. Expand
Basic psychological need satisfaction, need frustration, and need strength across four cultures
The present study investigated whether satisfaction and frustration of the psychological needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competence, as identified within Basic Psychological Need Theory (BPNT;Expand
Daily Well-Being: The Role of Autonomy, Competence, and Relatedness
Emotional well-being is most typically studied in trait or trait-like terms, yet a growing literature indicates that daily (within-person) fluctuations in emotional well-being may be equallyExpand
How to increase and sustain positive emotion: The effects of expressing gratitude and visualizing best possible selves
A 4-week experimental study (N = 67) examined the motivational predictors and positive emotion outcomes of regularly practicing two mental exercises: counting one's blessings (“gratitude”) andExpand
The structure of goal contents across 15 cultures.
The authors investigated the structure of goal contents in a group of 1,854 undergraduates from 15 cultures around the world. Results suggested that the 11 types of goals the authors assessed wereExpand
Motivating learning, performance, and persistence: the synergistic effects of intrinsic goal contents and autonomy-supportive contexts.
Three field experiments with high school and college students tested the self-determination theory hypotheses that intrinsic (vs. extrinsic) goals and autonomy-supportive (vs. controlling) learningExpand
Trait Self and True Self: Cross-Role Variation in the Big-Five Personality Traits and Its Relations With Psychological Authenticity and Subjective Well-Being
In 2 studies, college students evidenced differing levels of the "Big-Five" traits in different roles, supporting social-contextualist assumptions regarding trait expression. Supporting organismicExpand