Self-affirmation and self-control: affirming core values counteracts ego depletion. Academic Article uri icon


  • 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.

published proceedings

  • J Pers Soc Psychol

altmetric score

  • 58.604

author list (cited authors)

  • Schmeichel, B. J., & Vohs, K

citation count

  • 426

complete list of authors

  • Schmeichel, Brandon J||Vohs, Kathleen

publication date

  • April 2009