Linking goal self-concordance and affective reactions to goal conflict

Gorges J, Esdar W, Wild E (2014)
Motivation and Emotion 38(4): 475-484.

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Most people would agree that facing goal conflict is a negative experience. However, many, but not all empirical studies actually show a negative relationship between goal conflicts and well-being: goal conflicts apparently differ in their effects. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of the level of goal self-concordance (i.e., to what extent goals are pursued with self-determined motivation) for people's affective reactions to goal conflicts due to resource constraints. Analyses of goal conflicts experienced at work by N = 647 junior scientists shed light onto the role of levels of self-concordance of the conflicting goals on the way the goal conflict is experienced. Results show that goal self-concordance explains variance in affective reaction beyond goal importance and goal attainability. More specifically, conflicts between two goals with high levels of self-concordance are associated to rather positive affect (e.g., excited). In contrast, conflicts between two goals with low levels of self-concordance are associated to rather negative affect (e.g., frustrated). Overall, these results emphasize the need to consider goal properties in future research on goal conflicts.
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Gorges J, Esdar W, Wild E. Linking goal self-concordance and affective reactions to goal conflict. Motivation and Emotion. 2014;38(4):475-484.
Gorges, J., Esdar, W., & Wild, E. (2014). Linking goal self-concordance and affective reactions to goal conflict. Motivation and Emotion, 38(4), 475-484.
Gorges, J., Esdar, W., and Wild, E. (2014). Linking goal self-concordance and affective reactions to goal conflict. Motivation and Emotion 38, 475-484.
Gorges, J., Esdar, W., & Wild, E., 2014. Linking goal self-concordance and affective reactions to goal conflict. Motivation and Emotion, 38(4), p 475-484.
J. Gorges, W. Esdar, and E. Wild, “Linking goal self-concordance and affective reactions to goal conflict”, Motivation and Emotion, vol. 38, 2014, pp. 475-484.
Gorges, J., Esdar, W., Wild, E.: Linking goal self-concordance and affective reactions to goal conflict. Motivation and Emotion. 38, 475-484 (2014).
Gorges, Julia, Esdar, Wiebke, and Wild, Elke. “Linking goal self-concordance and affective reactions to goal conflict”. Motivation and Emotion 38.4 (2014): 475-484.
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