Full course description
The goal of this course is to understand the complex process of self-regulation and to apply the different theories and findings in a practical context. Students will consider questions such as: What is the difference between self-regulation and self-control?
Why is it so hard for some people to limit their alcohol consumption? Why do some people lose their temper easily? It is well established that many people struggle with healthy eating, cigarettes, emotions and laziness every day and that people can vary enormously in their ability to succeed in self-regulation. Some common examples which illustrate a lack of self-regulation include too much eating or drinking, not being able to regulate emotions or impulsively buying new shoes. There are often negative consequences of these types of behaviour and these demonstrate how important it is that people are able to regulate themselves, therefore an understanding of the process of self- regulation is key to this course.
Students study different mechanisms underlying self-regulation, such as paradoxes of control, intrinsic motivation, resource depletion, goal setting and mindfulness. In addition, attention is paid to possible ways to improve self-regulatory abilities and enhance autonomy.
Students will be able to understand, apply and connect the following concepts: Self-determination, ego-depletion, emotion regulation, cognitive and behavioural aspects of self-regulation, mindfulness-based regulation, ironic processes of mental control.