Self-Affirmation and Self-Control: Affirming Core Values Counteracts Ego Depletion Academic Article uri icon

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.

altmetric score

  • 58.604

author list (cited authors)

  • Schmeichel, B. J., & Vohs, K. D.

citation count

  • 385

publication date

  • January 2009