Why we thought that action mind-sets affect illusions of control


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GOLLWITZER, Peter M., 2003. Why we thought that action mind-sets affect illusions of control. In: Psychological Inquiry. 14(3 & 4), pp. 261-269. ISSN 1047-840X. eISSN 1532-7965

@article{Gollwitzer2003thoug-10914, title={Why we thought that action mind-sets affect illusions of control}, year={2003}, doi={10.1080/1047840X.2003.9682890}, number={3 & 4}, volume={14}, issn={1047-840X}, journal={Psychological Inquiry}, pages={261--269}, author={Gollwitzer, Peter M.} }

First publ. in: Psychological Inquiry 14 (2003), 3&4, pp. 259-267 2011-03-25T09:23:48Z Gollwitzer, Peter M. Why we thought that action mind-sets affect illusions of control deposit-license 2011-03-25T09:23:48Z Gollwitzer, Peter M. eng Gollwitzer and Kinney (1989) proposed the following hypothesis: People who ponder a goal decision (i.e., to either pursue Goal A or B, or to pursue either Goal A or stay passive) develop a deliberative mind-set that allows them to accurately assess whether a desired outcome can be controlled by their actions or not, whereas people who are planning the pursuit of a chosen goal develop a mind-set that fosters illusionary optimism with respect to controlling this outcome. Deviating from the usual course of presentation, I start with describing how we tested this hypothesis and with what results. As we are dealing with a set of studies classified as an overlooked gem, it seems appropriate to first describe the research and its findings. Then I turn to my recollection of how we arrived at this hypothesis. Finally, I address the implications of the Gollwitzer and Kinney findings and how they keep stimulating present research on self-regulation. 2003 application/pdf

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