Self-control in action: implicit dispositions toward goals and away from temptations.

  title={Self-control in action: implicit dispositions toward goals and away from temptations.},
  author={Ayelet Fishbach and James Y. Shah},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={90 5},
  • A. FishbachJ. Shah
  • Published 1 May 2006
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Five studies examined whether, in self-control dilemmas, individuals develop an implicit disposition to approach goals and avoid temptations, psychologically as well as physically. Using a method developed by A. K. Solarz (1960; see also K. L. Duckworth, J. A. Bargh, M. Garcia, & S. Chaiken, 2002), the authors assessed the time for pulling and pushing a lever in response to goal- and temptation-related stimuli (e.g., studying and partying). The results show that individuals offset the influence… 

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