In good company: managing interpersonal resources that support self-regulation.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Effective self-regulation could involve not only managing internal resources for goal pursuit but also the often-fleeting interpersonal resources that can support goal attainment. In five studies, we test whether people who are effective self-regulators tend to position themselves in social environments that best afford self-regulatory success. Results indicated individual differences in self-regulatory effectiveness predict stronger preferences to spend time with, collaborate with, and be informed by others who were (a) high in self-control or self-regulation themselves or (b) instrumental to one's goal pursuit. These preferences for supportive social environments appeared to be both targeted and strategic. Together, the findings suggest that effective self-regulation may involve positioning oneself in social environments that support goal pursuit and increase one's chances of success.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • vanDellen, MR; Shah, JY; Leander, NP; Delose, JE; Bornstein, JX

Published Date

  • June 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 869 - 882

PubMed ID

  • 25840988

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7433

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-1672

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0146167215580778


  • eng