|Institution:||Iowa State University|
|Keywords:||affect; goal pursuit; interpersonal relationship; self-regulation; Social Psychology|
|Full text PDF:||http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/etd/12542
The anticipation of others' affect was hypothesized to influence individuals' self-regulation in personal and interpersonal goal pursuits. A scenario questionnaire study suggested that people tend to show higher motivation levels when they think about significant others' future positive affect and lower motivation levels when they think about significant others' future negative affect. Individuals high in relational-interdependent self-construal tend to have stronger effects of anticipated emotions on self-regulation intentions. A behavioral study suggested that both perceived competitiveness of the environment and individual differences in perspective taking influence the effects of anticipated emotions on self-regulation of interpersonal goal pursuit. These findings support the hypothesis that future-oriented affect influences self-regulation in an interpersonal context.