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Joachim C. Brunstein, Oliver C. Schultheiss & Günter W. Maier

In: Action & Self-Development: Theory and Research Through the Life Span

Chapter 6: The Pursuit of Personal Goals: A Motivational Approach to Well-Being and Life Adjustment

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The Pursuit of Personal Goals: A Motivational Approach to Well-Being and Life Adjustment
The pursuit of personal goals: A motivational approach to well-being and life adjustment
Joachim C.Brunstein
Oliver C.Schultheiss
Günter W.Maier

Among personality researchers and social psychologists, there has been a resurgence of interest in the purposive, goal-seeking quality of human behavior in recent years (see Gollwitzer & Bargh, 1996; Martin & Tesser, 1996; Pervin, 1989). At the same time, as this volume clearly shows, developmental psychologists have started to focus on the course of human development from an action perspective, highlighting the importance of motivational concerns and life plans as they emerge from and shape the nature of person-environment transactions over the life span (see Brandtstädter, 1998). Inherent in this reawakened interest in the intentionality of

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