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. 2009 Apr;96(4):770-82.
doi: 10.1037/a0014635.

Self-affirmation and Self-Control: Affirming Core Values Counteracts Ego Depletion

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Self-affirmation and Self-Control: Affirming Core Values Counteracts Ego Depletion

Brandon J Schmeichel et al. J Pers Soc Psychol. .

Abstract

Research has established that acts of self-control deplete a resource required for subsequent self-control tasks. The present investigation revealed that a psychological intervention-self-affirmation-facilitates self-control when the resource has been depleted. Experiments 1 and 2 found beneficial effects of self-affirmation on self-control in a depleted state. Experiments 3 and 4 suggested that self-affirmation improves self-control by promoting higher levels (vs. lower levels) of mental construal. Self-affirmation therefore holds promise as a mental strategy that reduces the likelihood of self-control failure.

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