The Double-Edged Sword of Goal Engagement: Consequences of Goal Pursuit in Bipolar Disorder

Sheri L. Johnson, Daniel Fulford, Charles S. Carver

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Abstract

A series of studies suggest that bipolar disorder is related to high sensitivity to incentives and that incentive sensitivity (or sensitivity of the approach system) can predict the course of mania. Incentive sensitivity in bipolar disorder seems to be related to two processes: a tendency to invest in difficult-to-attain goals and an over-reactivity to cues of goal progress versus thwarting. Both of those processes appear relevant to symptom generation. Hence, bipolar disorder seems related to a greater emphasis on reaching goals and also a problematic reactivity to reaching those highly desired goals. We suggest directions for treatment development focused on these issues in goal regulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-362
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

Keywords

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Confidence
  • Goal regulation
  • Goal setting
  • Incentive sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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