Letting go of unmet goals: Does self-focused rumination impair goal disengagement?

Annette van Randenborgh, Joachim Hüffmeier, Joelle LeMoult, Jutta Joormann

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Abstract

Self-regulation of behavior frequently requires that people disengage from goals that are too difficult to attain. The current studies investigate whether self-focused rumination hinders the execution of this crucial self-regulatory competence. In study one, participants attempted to solve anagrams, some of which were unsolvable, and their predisposition to engage in self-focused rumination was assessed. The tendency to ruminate was associated with getting stuck in the attempt to solve unsolvable anagrams. In study two, ruminative thoughts were manipulated by asking participants to focus on their self, personality, and goals in life, a task frequently employed to induce rumination. Compared to participants undergoing a distraction induction, ruminating participants were more likely to get stuck trying to solve unsolvable anagrams. These results suggest that self-focused rumination hinders disengagement from unattainable goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-332
Number of pages8
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Goal disengagement
  • Goals
  • Rumination
  • Self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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Letting go of unmet goals : Does self-focused rumination impair goal disengagement? / van Randenborgh, Annette; Hüffmeier, Joachim; LeMoult, Joelle; Joormann, Jutta.

In: Motivation and Emotion, Vol. 34, No. 4, 01.12.2010, p. 325-332.

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van Randenborgh, A, Hüffmeier, J, LeMoult, J & Joormann, J 2010, 'Letting go of unmet goals: Does self-focused rumination impair goal disengagement?', Motivation and Emotion, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 325-332. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-010-9190-9
van Randenborgh, Annette ; Hüffmeier, Joachim ; LeMoult, Joelle ; Joormann, Jutta. / Letting go of unmet goals : Does self-focused rumination impair goal disengagement?. In: Motivation and Emotion. 2010 ; Vol. 34, No. 4. pp. 325-332.
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