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On means and ends: the role of goal focus in successful goal pursuit


Freund, Alexandra M; Hennecke, Marie (2015). On means and ends: the role of goal focus in successful goal pursuit. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24(2):149-153.

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When pursuing a goal, one can focus more on the process or on the outcome of goal pursuit. We take a closer look at the hypothesis that when one pursues goals that are demanding in terms of the level of skill or self-regulation required to achieve them, focusing on the process is more adaptive and focusing on the outcome can even be detrimental to goal achievement. We summarize the evidence from the emerging literature on the adaptiveness of process focus and outcome focus for goal pursuit and attainment.

Abstract

When pursuing a goal, one can focus more on the process or on the outcome of goal pursuit. We take a closer look at the hypothesis that when one pursues goals that are demanding in terms of the level of skill or self-regulation required to achieve them, focusing on the process is more adaptive and focusing on the outcome can even be detrimental to goal achievement. We summarize the evidence from the emerging literature on the adaptiveness of process focus and outcome focus for goal pursuit and attainment.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
08 University Research Priority Programs > Dynamics of Healthy Aging
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:16 Apr 2015 11:03
Last Modified:12 Jun 2018 07:33
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:0963-7214
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0963721414559774

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