Self-Regulation and Personality Science: Reply to the Commentaries


  • We thank the Editor for the opportunity to address the readership of Applied Psychology: An International Review. During the preparation of this work, the first two authors (DC and WGS) were supported by grant DA14136 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

* Address for correspondence: Daniel Cervone, Department of Psychology (MC 285), University of Illinois at Chicago, 1007 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607–7137, USA. Email


The authors reply to commentaries on their target article “Self-Regulation: Reminders and Suggestions from Personality Science”. Substantial consensus is evident across the target article and multiple commentaries. The message conveyed is that personality science and the study of self-regulation are mutually complementary and that applied efforts to enhance people's self-regulatory capacities can be enhanced via study of the intra-individual architecture of social-cognitive and affective personality systems.