CHAPTER THIRTEEN

SELF-REGULATION IN THE SERVICE OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Walter Mischel

Aaron L. DeSmet

Ethan Kross

Some of the most frustrating conflicts are those that people fight within their own heads, as they struggle with the dilemmas and temptations they encounter and create, as has been chronicled ever since Adam was tempted by Eve and Paradise was lost forever. In everyday life, we experience these internal wars when, after resolving to skip the dessert, we are faced with the pastry tray, or when the tobacco addict, choking with emphysema, battles with himself not to light the next cigarette. Such conflicts are omnipresent as people try to pursue a difficult achievement goal, follow through on a health regimen (adhering to diets, exercise ...

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