Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Shapiro, D. H., Shapiro, S. L., Astin, J. A. and Shapiro, J. 2010. Self-Control. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Psychology has had a long and stormy relationship with the term self-control and related concepts of choice, willpower, self-regulation, human agency, and personal autonomy. Although the concept raises difficult questions about the nature of self, free will, and determinism, the importance of self-control cannot be ignored. Research has shown that self-control is relevant to addressing psychological and behavioral health concerns. It also plays a role in religious and spiritual traditions where concepts of self-restraint, internal self-regulation, and management of external behavior (e.g., right speech, right action) are integral.
- locus of control;