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Routledge International Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Well-Being

ISBN 9781138123861
Published October 27, 2017 by Routledge
542 Pages

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Book Description

The ability to prioritise long-term goals above short-term gratifications is crucial to living a healthy and happy life. We are bombarded with temptations, whether from fast-food or faster technologies, but the psychological capacity to manage our lives within such a challenging environment has far-reaching implications for the well-being not only of the individual, but also society as a whole.

The Routledge International Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Wellbeing is the first comprehensive handbook to map this burgeoning area of research by applying it to health outcomes and personal well-being. Including contributions from leading scholars worldwide, the book incorporates new research findings that suggest that simply inhibiting our immediate impulses isn’t the whole story; there may be more options to improve self-control than simply by suppressing the ego.

Divided into six coherent sections, the book provides an overview of the research base before discussing a range of interventions to help improve self-control in different contexts, from smoking or drinking too much to developing self-control over aggression or spending money. The only definitive handbook on this far-reaching topic, this essential work will appeal to researchers and students across health and social psychology, as well as related health sciences.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I. Conceptualizing Self-Control

2. Attentional and motivational mechanisms of self-control

Marina Milyavskaya & Michael Inzlicht

3. Proactive and reactive self-control

Asael Sklar, So Yon Rim, & Kentaro Fujita

4. Positioning self-control in a dual-systems framework

Marleen Gillebaart & Denise de Ridder

5. The use of reward cue reactivity in predicting real-world self-control failure

Dylan D. Wagner

Part II. Assessing Self-Control

6. Ego-depletion, self-control tasks, and the sequential task paradigm in health behavior

Martin S. Hagger & Nikos L. D. Chatzisarantis

7. Measurement of self-control by self-report: Considerations and recommendations

Rick H. Hoyle & Erin K. Davisson

8. The health consequences of intertemporal preferences

Oleg Urminsky & Gal Zauberman

9. Assessing self-control: The use and usefulness of the experience-sampling method

Simone Dohle & Wilhelm Hofmann

10. The neuroscience of self-control

Elliot T. Berkman

Part III. Antecedents and Consequences of Self-Control

11. What limits self-control? A motivated effort-allocation account

Daniel C. Molden, Chin Ming Hui, & Abigail A. Scholer

12. Implicit theories about willpower and their implications for health and well-being

Katharina Bernecker & Veronika Job

13. Working memory capacity and self-control

Wilhelm Hofmann

14. Combatting temptation to promote health and well-being

Ayelet Fishbach & Kaitlin Woolley

15. Broadening mental horizons to resist temptation: Construal level and self-control

David Kalkstein, Kentaro Fujita, & Yaacov Trope

16. The sense of agency in health and well-being: Understanding the role of the minimal self in action control

Robert A. Renes & Henk Aarts

17. Justification as antecedent and consequence of self-control failure

Marieke A. Adriaanse & Sosja Prinsen

18. Hyperopia: A theory of reverse self-control

Ran Kivetz, Rachel Meng, & Daniel He

Part IV. Self-Control Applications to Health

19. The self-control of eating behavior

Traci Mann & Mary E. Panos

20. Self-control and alcohol consumption

Jeffrey M. Osgood & Mark Muraven

21. Desire, higher-order sexual health goals and self-control in sexual behavior and sexual risk

John B. F. de Wit, Chantal den Daas, & Philippe C.G. Adam

22. Self-control and physical activity: Disentangling the pathways to health

Emely de Vet & Kirsten T. Verkooijen

23. The role of self-control in sleep behavior

Sanne Nauts & Floor M. Kroese

24. Self-control in smoking cessation

Arie Dijkstra

Part V. Self-Control Applications to Wellbeing

25. Emotion regulation and self-control: Implications for health and wellbeing

Catharine Evers

26. Self-regulation and aggression: Aggression-provoking cues, individual differences, and self-control strategies

Jaap Denissen, Sander Thomaes, & Brad J. Bushman

27. Examining the role of self-regulatory strength in family violence

Catrin Finkenauer, Asuman Buyukcan-Tetik, Kim Schoemaker, Yayouk E. Willems, Meike Bartels, & Roy F. Baumeister

28. The effects of managing discrimination experiences on self-control, health, and well-being

Dorainne J. Levy & Jennifer A. Richeson

29. Self-distancing: Basic mechanisms and clinical implications

Özlem Ayduk & Ethan Kross

30. Self-control in consumer spending decisions

Kelly L. Haws

31. How self-control promotes health through relationships

Michelle R. vanDellen, LeeAnn B. Beam, & Gráinne M. Fitzsimons

Part VI. Improving Self-Control in Health and Wellbeing

32. A Meta-analysis of improving self-control with practice

Joanne R. Beames, Timothy P. Schofield, & Thomas F. Denson

33. Health behavior change by self-regulation of goal pursuit: Mental contrasting and implementation intentions

Gabriele Oettingen & Peter M. Gollwitzer

34. Mindfulness as an intervention to improve self-control

Malte Friese, Brian Ostafin, & David D. Loschelder

35. How to foster health and well-being when self-control is low

Bob M. Fennis

36. Training cognitive-motivational processes underlying self-control in addiction

Reinout W. Wiers & Helle Larsen

37. The nudging approach to health and wellbeing

David R. Marchiori & Marijn Stok

38. Exploiting exposure to temptation to support self-control

Siegfried Dewitte

39. Self-affirmation and self-control: Counteracting defensive processing of health information and facilitating health behavior change

Guido M. van Koningsbruggen, Eleanor Miles, & Peter R. Harris

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Denise de Ridder received her Ph.D. in psychology from Utrecht University in 1991. Her research interests focus on self-regulation processes in health and consumer behavior, in particular how people deal with immediate temptations that may threaten their long-term goals.

Marieke Adriaanse received her Ph.D. in psychology from Utrecht University in 2010. Her research is concerned with the interplay between conscious and nonconscious processes on health behavior. For example, she investigates how people react when they are confronted with nonconsciously activated behavior, as well as the potential of overruling such automatic behaviors (habits) through the use of self-regulation strategies.

Kentaro Fujita received his A.B. summa cum laude in psychology from Harvard College in 2000, and his Ph.D. in psychology from New York University in 2006. His research interests focus on why despite possessing remarkable intelligence and reasoning capacity people often make decisions and behave in ways that undermine their valued goals and objectives.