Only one small sin : how self-construal affects self-control

Steinmetz, J and Mussweiler, T M (2017) Only one small sin : how self-construal affects self-control. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56 (4). pp. 675-688. ISSN 0144-6665

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Past research has shown that self-construal can influence self-control by reducing interdependent people’s impulsivity in the presence of peers. We broaden these findings by examining the hypothesis that an interdependent (versus independent) self-construal fosters self-control even in the absence of peers and for non-impulsive decisions. We further explore whether this effect could be mediated by the more interrelated (versus isolated) processing style of interdependent (versus independent) people. Such an interrelated (versus isolated) processing style of temptations makes the impact of a single temptation more salient and can thereby increase self-control. Study 1 demonstrated that more interdependent participants show more self-control behavior by refraining from chocolate consumption to secure a monetary benefit. Studies 2a and 2b highlighted a link between self-construal and trait self-control via the processing of temptations. Study 3 suggested that an interrelated (versus isolated) perspective on temptations could mediate the effect of (primed) self-construal on self-control. Taken together, self-construal shapes self-control across various decision contexts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 John Wiley & Sons
Subjects: P > People (Behavioural science)
P > Psychology
Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12208
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2017 15:31
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 16:54

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