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On the Self-Regulation of Behavior Hardcover – October 28, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0521572040 ISBN-10: 0521572045 Edition: 1st

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This book is a reader-friendly description of a viewpoint on human behavior which sees all behavior as aimed at attaining goals. A wide variety of topics are treated (the theory is specific in type, but has diverse applications)- ranging from goals, to emotion, to persistence and giving up, to living and dying. Both adaptive behavior and problems are examined. The book blends ideas that have long been part of self-regulation models with ideas that are recently emergent in psychology: dynamic systems and catastrophe theory. It also blends theoretical statement with wide-ranging discussion of issues.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521572045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521572040
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,460,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My class only uses some chapters for discussion but I found the entire book indispensable for my understanding of the field of self-regulation. I am also relying on it to write a bulk of my term paper.

Pros:
1. Most of the theories they suggested ended up being correct
2. Graphs are easy to understand + provide a better understanding of concepts
3. Encompasses most of the field
4. Succinct and well organized

Cons
1. Can be abstract and difficult to understand
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garett on December 19, 2012
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This book is a fantastic overview of one of the most scientifically supported theories of motivation - control theory. Of particular interest should be the chapters on affect, which are absolutely wonderful.
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