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Get a taste of your goals: promoting motive-goal congruence through affect-focus goal fantasy.
J Pers. 2009 Oct; 77(5):1527-59.JP

Abstract

Studies show that motive-goal congruence is an important predictor of well-being (Baumann, Kaschel, & Kuhl, 2005; Brunstein, Schultheiss, & Grässmann, 1998). However, little is known about the factors that promote congruence between implicit motives and goals. Relying on McClelland's (1985) concept of implicit motives and the theory of fantasy realization (Oettingen, 1999), we postulated that goal fantasies focusing on motive-specific affective incentives promote motive-congruent goal setting. This hypothesis was tested in 3 experimental studies. In Study 1 (n=46) and Study 2 (n=48), participants were asked to select goals in a hypothetical scenario. In Study 3 (n=179), they rated their commitment to personal goals for their actual life situation. The results of all 3 studies supported our hypothesis that participants who focus on motive-specific affective incentives in their goal fantasies set their goals in line with their corresponding implicit motive dispositions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. v.job@psychologie.uzh.chNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19678875

Citation

Job, Veronika, and Veronika Brandstätter. "Get a Taste of Your Goals: Promoting Motive-goal Congruence Through Affect-focus Goal Fantasy." Journal of Personality, vol. 77, no. 5, 2009, pp. 1527-59.
Job V, Brandstätter V. Get a taste of your goals: promoting motive-goal congruence through affect-focus goal fantasy. J Pers. 2009;77(5):1527-59.
Job, V., & Brandstätter, V. (2009). Get a taste of your goals: promoting motive-goal congruence through affect-focus goal fantasy. Journal of Personality, 77(5), 1527-59. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6494.2009.00591.x
Job V, Brandstätter V. Get a Taste of Your Goals: Promoting Motive-goal Congruence Through Affect-focus Goal Fantasy. J Pers. 2009;77(5):1527-59. PubMed PMID: 19678875.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Get a taste of your goals: promoting motive-goal congruence through affect-focus goal fantasy. AU - Job,Veronika, AU - Brandstätter,Veronika, Y1 - 2009/08/11/ PY - 2009/8/15/entrez PY - 2009/8/15/pubmed PY - 2009/12/16/medline SP - 1527 EP - 59 JF - Journal of personality JO - J Pers VL - 77 IS - 5 N2 - Studies show that motive-goal congruence is an important predictor of well-being (Baumann, Kaschel, & Kuhl, 2005; Brunstein, Schultheiss, & Grässmann, 1998). However, little is known about the factors that promote congruence between implicit motives and goals. Relying on McClelland's (1985) concept of implicit motives and the theory of fantasy realization (Oettingen, 1999), we postulated that goal fantasies focusing on motive-specific affective incentives promote motive-congruent goal setting. This hypothesis was tested in 3 experimental studies. In Study 1 (n=46) and Study 2 (n=48), participants were asked to select goals in a hypothetical scenario. In Study 3 (n=179), they rated their commitment to personal goals for their actual life situation. The results of all 3 studies supported our hypothesis that participants who focus on motive-specific affective incentives in their goal fantasies set their goals in line with their corresponding implicit motive dispositions. SN - 1467-6494 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19678875/Get_a_taste_of_your_goals:_promoting_motive_goal_congruence_through_affect_focus_goal_fantasy_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6494.2009.00591.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -