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22 - Self-Regulation and Control in Personality Functioning

from Part V - Cognitive and Motivational Perspectives: Dynamic Processes of Personality

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2020

Philip J. Corr
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City, University London
Gerald Matthews
Affiliation:
University of Central Florida
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Personality has been viewed from many different angles (Carver & Scheier, 2017a). This chapter outlines a view in which personality is considered through the lens of feedback control processes. We address two layers of control processes, managing two distinguishable aspects of behavior. One function of the layers is to permit people to handle multiple tasks across time. More specifically, they help transform simultaneous motives into a stream of actions that shifts repeatedly from one goal to another.

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