Exercising Self-Control Increases Approach-Motivated Impulse Strength Chapter uri icon


  • 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Self-control can be construed as a competition between two opposing forces: The motivational force that compels an impulse to be expressed in thought, feeling, or behavior (impulse strength) versus the person's inner capacity to control impulses (self-control strength). The strength model of self-control focuses exclusively on the control side of this competition, and numerous studies have found that exercising self-control temporarily reduces self-control strength. In the current chapter, we review evidence that exercising self-control also increases impulse strength, with a particular emphasis on approach-motivated impulse strength. We consider the implications of increased impulse strength for understanding the ego depletion effect and for the strength model of self-control.

author list (cited authors)

  • Schmeichel, B. J., & Crowell, A.

complete list of authors

  • Schmeichel, BJ||Crowell, A

editor list (cited editors)

  • Clarkson, J. J., & Jia, L.

Book Title

  • Self-Regulation and Ego Control

publication date

  • January 1, 2016 11:11 AM