Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: The dynamics of doubt : short-term fluctuations and predictors of doubts in personal goal pursuit
Authors: Ghassemi, Mirjam
Wolf, Benjamin M.
Bettschart, Martin
Kreibich, Antonia
Herrmann, Marcel
Brandstätter, Veronika
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1037/mot0000210
Published in: Motivation Science
Volume(Issue): 7
Issue: 2
Page(s): 153
Pages to: 164
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 2333-8113
2333-8121
Language: English
Subjects: Personal goal; Goal striving; Action crisis; Doubt
Subject (DDC): 158: Applied psychology
Abstract: An action crisis denotes an intrapsychic conflict in which a person feels torn between holding on to and letting go of a personal goal. It is characterized by the experience of goal-related doubts. To extend the existing understanding of action crises, we investigated the dynamics of doubts in daily life and addressed two questions: (1) To what extent do doubts with respect to a personal goal fluctuate in daily life? (2) In which situations do individuals primarily have doubts? In an experience sampling study (N 254), we assessed doubts about a personal goal five times a day over 10 days. Our findings indicate that the level of doubt varies between individuals but also fluctuates within persons. Doubts increase in response to negative goal-related events and decrease in response to positive goal-related events. Individuals with higher (vs. lower) levels of action crisis have particularly high levels of doubt during goal-related (vs. -unrelated) activity. We discuss the implications of these findings for research on goal disengagement and point to the relevance of studying motivational parameters from a dynamic perspective.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/24797
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Psychology
Organisational Unit: Psychological Institute (PI)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Angewandte Psychologie

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