E. Tory Higgins

in Beyond Pleasure and Pain

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199765829
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918966 | DOI:

Series: Social Cognition and Social Neuroscience


Show Summary Details


Resisting temptation is something that we all do often in order to carry out our plans for future goals. Of all the forms of control effectiveness, how humans succeed or fail at resisting temptation has historically received the most attention, not only in the psychological literature but in other writing as well. Its significance, for example, is recognized in the Lord's Prayer: “And lead us not into temptation.” For this reason, this chapter begins with a review of major psychological perspectives on resisting temptation. It then reviews another significant self-control issue—controlling inner states like unwanted feelings and thoughts. Finally, it reviews the central functions that need to be controlled more generally in order to manage what happens in goal pursuit—selection, commitment, and feedback.

Keywords: temptation; resistance; self-control; inner states; goal pursuit; selection; commitment; feedback

Chapter.  18094 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.