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Title: DIFFERENTIAL EFFECTS OF CONTENTMENT ON GOAL PURSUIT
Authors: NG MIN XUAN, CANDICE
Keywords: contentment
goal pursuit
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2022
Citation: NG MIN XUAN, CANDICE (2022-04-08). DIFFERENTIAL EFFECTS OF CONTENTMENT ON GOAL PURSUIT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The existing literature has mixed findings on the effects of contentment on motivational behavior. Some researchers suggest that contentment may promote approach behavior through increased effort, while others suggest that contentment promotes avoidance behavior through a reduction in effort. This study investigated the possibility that there are two types of contentment and examined their differential effects on academic goal pursuit. Participants completed a recall task and were induced to feel either approach contentment from meeting an academic expectation, avoidance contentment from adjusting an academic expectation, or neutral emotion. They then completed a goals task and an underlying motivation task to measure goal pursuit. Participants who experienced approach contentment generated more approach goals compared to the avoidance contentment condition, while participants who experienced avoidance contentment generated more avoidance reasons compared to the neutral condition. The findings provide some support for the proposition that there are two distinct types of contentment. The limitations of the study and future directions were also discussed.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/227288
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