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Overview

On the Self-Regulation of Behavior presents a thorough overview of a model of human functioning based on the idea that behavior is goal-directed and regulated by feedback control processes. It describes feedback processes and their application to behavior, considers goals and the idea that goals are organized hierarchically, examines affect as deriving from a different kind of feedback process, and analyzes how success expectancies influence whether people keep trying to attain goals or disengage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521000994
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction and Plan 1
2 Principles of Feedback Control 10
3 Discrepancy-Reducing Feedback Processes in Behavior 29
4 Discrepancy-Enlarging Loops, and Three Further Issues 48
5 Goals and Behavior 63
6 Goals, Hierarchicality, and Behavior: Further Issues 83
7 Public and Private Aspects of the Self 103
8 Control Processes and Affect 120
9 Affect: Issues and Comparisons 148
10 Expectancies and Disengagement 171
11 Disengagement: Issues and Comparisons 190
12 Applications to Problems in Living 217
13 Hierarchicality and Problems in Living 234
14 Chaos and Dynamic Systems 250
15 Catastrophe Theory 275
16 Further Applications to Problems in Living 296
17 Is Behavior Controlled or Does It Emerge? 317
18 Goal Engagement, Life, and Death 346
References 365
Name Index 423
Subject Index 435
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