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Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control 1st Edition

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  • Paperback: 604 pages
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers; 1st edition (February 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716728508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716728504
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Gianluca Bortini on July 6, 2002
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Albert Bandura explores the self-system throughout lifespan. Self-regulation and perceived self-efficacy help people to adjust to realities of each life's stage, from early childhood till aging and preparation to death.
Perceived self-efficacy refers to beliefs in one's capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to produce given attainments.
I have found this book very helpful and well structured. Bandura gives a broad hint to the reader, and offers answers to some of the most important and advanced issues that each of us encounters during life. The book stimulates a better awareness of humans' potentials, and encourages to rivisit our constructs.
Bandura's study on self-efficacy is supported by the citation of 47 pages of references. It is highly consistent and fascinating; and this book is an outstanding tool for improving our quality of life.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By William Wargo, Ph.D. on November 30, 2000
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Dr. Bandura has written an excellent book for scholars, researchers, as well as the casual observer of human nature and behavior. It is comprehensive and well documented. He helps one understand why some people seem to get what they want and need out of life and others do not. I give it my highest recommendation.
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69 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Michael Fletcher, Ph.D. on January 29, 2008
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Bandura's work in psychology is (in my opinion) the most agent-friendly and self-empowering. I'm convinced that the most effective way to beat anxiety is to identify its source in dysfunctional **self-referent thinking**. The best way to start feeling good is to ramp up your perceived self-efficacy. The salutary thing about Bandura's work, in my opinion, is that, unlike many psychologists who, if they are empirically-minded or neuroscience-minded, decompose a human being into a concert of subpersonal processes, Bandura actually acknowledges that YOU ARE THERE as a real agency-possessing person, and that the reigns of agency can be used to exercise influence on one's internal psychic environment as well as on the external social and natural environment through **metacognition**.

Eliminating, or significantly reducing, anxiety is, under Bandura's Self-Efficacy theory [SE], achieved by recognizing that anxiety is a function of the perceived mismatch between threats in the environment and one's appraisal of one's own ability to cope with that threat. A negative mismatch favoring the threat (where ability is smaller than the threat) leads to anxiety; while a negative mismatch favoring one's ability leads one to "feeling money" (in the parlance of our times). The Antidote to feeing anxiety: Locate the threat, affirm your ability is greater than it, or, if it isn't at present, locate actionable means to beefing up your coping strategies and the anxious affect will diminish. This is not arm-chair psychologizing; this is real empirical psychology. And, since my discovery of Bandura's work (2004), SE has been confirmed over and over again in my own personal experience.
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58 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1999
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Self-efficacy and perceived self-efficacy are Bandura's terms for what we all experience in our own lives: Some of us can; some of us can but think we can't; and some of us can't but think we can. Finding the right balance is important. This book is easy to read, easy to understand, and makes Bandura's concepts personal
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MFP on February 11, 2006
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In this volume, Professor Bandura situates the self-efficacy construct within a theory of personal and collective agency that operates in concert with other sociocognitive factors in regulating human well-being and attainment. Bandura also addresses the major facets of agency - the nature and structure of self-efficacy beliefs, their origins and effects, the processes through which such self-beliefs operate, and the modes by which they can be created and strengthened. In addition, Bandura reviews a vast body of research on each of these aspects of agency in diverse applications of the theory. Must-reading for everyone interested in psychology and, specifically, self-efficacy beliefs.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By marc on October 16, 2012
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This book is completely transformational for me. I can promise you that it will change your life forever. If you are on the path to self-actualization, you cannot do without this book.

Although written for practitioners, Dr. Bandura writes understandably and succinctly, with the eloquence and poise of a deity.

The book is meant to be read several times, each time delivering an evermore intimate understanding of the principles of self-actualization and behavior modification. It literally is social learning theory turned inwards to effect and affect positive change that is revolutionary and unprecedented.

Thank you, Doctor! Bon courange, everyone!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Wade on March 20, 2010
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This book is well written, easy to understand, and provides the reader with an understanding of what self-efficacy is and why it is important. Great as a text book. Offers the most comprehensive overview of self-efficacy.
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By Monica Englander on May 19, 2013
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As a therapist, I can highly recommend this book to students of psychology, to colleagues, and to anyone who wants to know more about Social Learning Theory. Bandura is a genius. The ideas presented in this book are so profound, and yet, so highly accessible and useful that you will find yourself referring to it again and again. A must-have for your Clinical Library.
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