Pursuing Personal Goals: Skills Enable Progress, but Not all Progress is Beneficial

  title={Pursuing Personal Goals: Skills Enable Progress, but Not all Progress is Beneficial},
  author={Kennon M. Sheldon and Tim Kasser},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1319 - 1331}
  • K. SheldonT. Kasser
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Although goal theorists have speculated about the causes and consequences of making progress at personal goals, little longitudinal research has examined these issues. In the current prospective study, participants with stronger social and self-regulatory skills made more progress in their goals over the course of a semester. In turn, goal progress predicted increases in psychological well-being, both in short-term (5-day) increments and across the whole semester; At both short- and long-term… 

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