Truth–Control Relations

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

Truth–Control Relations

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This chapter describes other ways that truth and control work together as partners, beyond pleasure and pain, to have a myriad of motivational effects: activity selection, personality styles, decision-making styles, emphasis on outcome value versus outcome likelihood, resistance to temptation, and taking action from an idea. What should be clear from these examples is that this partnership of truth-control relations has a broad impact on the choices that we make, the way we deal with problems, and the way we carry out our lives. And this is true independent of whether we end up having desired results. Much of what matters to us is about having truth and control for their own sake. This is because truth and control, working together as partners, help us go in the right direction.

Keywords: truth; control motivation; truth-control relations; choices

Chapter.  16541 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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