Chapter 6. Self-Regulation Processes and Their Signatures

Dynamics of the Self-System

  1. Dr Rick H. Hoyle PhD Professor Fellow Member
  1. Carolyn C. Morf and
  2. Stephan Horvath

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318111.ch6

Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation

Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation

How to Cite

Morf, C. C. and Horvath, S. (2010) Self-Regulation Processes and Their Signatures, in Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation (ed R. H. Hoyle), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318111.ch6

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. Institute of Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405177122

Online ISBN: 9781444318111



  • self-regulation processes and their signatures - dynamics of self-system;
  • personality and self-regulation - individual differences moderating self-regulation process;
  • dynamic self-regulatory processing approach to personality;
  • regulating self-signatures in personality;
  • people high on “rejection sensitivity” (RS) - avoiding implications of rejection and abandonment;
  • appetitive approach system and approach-related behaviors;
  • aversive inhibition system - attention toward potential negative outcomes;
  • expectancies and value regarding goal attainment - interacting with each other;
  • circumventing threat and conscious information processing entry;
  • role of broad self-regulatory skills


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Dynamic Self-Regulatory Processing Approach to Personality

  • Regulating Self-Signatures in Personality

  • Self-Signatures Emerging From a Processing System: Some Key Features

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References