Chapter 10. Goal Systems and Self-Regulation

An Individual Differences Perspective

  1. Dr Rick H. Hoyle PhD Professor Fellow Member
  1. Paul Karoly

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318111.ch10

Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation

Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation

How to Cite

Karoly, P. (2010) Goal Systems and Self-Regulation, in Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation (ed R. H. Hoyle), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318111.ch10

Editor Information

  1. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405177122

Online ISBN: 9781444318111



  • goal systems and self-regulation - individual differences perspective;
  • examining multilevel processes underlying human self-regulation;
  • goal-centered self-regulation - complex, unfolding process, topic of individuality;
  • Type 1 self-regulation - and people's self-reflective attempts;
  • Type 2 self-regulation - automatic, implicit, associative, subsymbolic, or nonconscious processing;
  • Goal, Self-Regulatory, Automatized, Social Systems Psychology (GRASSP);
  • symptom-specific goals - among women with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS);
  • goal process representation and Goal Systems Assessment Battery (GSAB);
  • GSAB subscale comparison by exercise regularity and goal type;
  • health behavior change and goal ownership


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Definitional and Metatheoretical Prologue

  • The Goal Construct: Ubiquitous, But Underspecified

  • Construing the Journey: Goal Process Representation and the GSAB

  • Regulatory Mutuality

  • Affect Regulation: Developing and Using TEARS

  • Goal-Discrepant Evaluation of Self: The Impact of Inverse Identities

  • Concluding Comment

  • References