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Tibor P. Palfai

In: Handbook of Implicit Cognition and Addiction

Chapter 26: Automatic Processes in the Self-Regulation of Addictive Behaviors

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Automatic Processes in the Self-Regulation of Addictive Behaviors
Automatic processes in the self-regulation of addictive behaviors

Self-regulation typically refers to the ability to control or modify inner states and behavior to attain desired outcomes (Vohs & Baumeister, 2004). This is particularly challenging when one is faced with the task of behaving in a manner that is contrary to habits or immediate preferences (Mischel et al., 1996). In such cases, one must act in opposition to a dominant response tendency to pursue more distal outcomes (Rachlin, 2000). This form of self-regulation (often called “self-control”) is perhaps best exemplified in efforts to change addictive behaviors. With repeated use, a variety of internal and external cues may come to serve as triggers for well practiced, affect modulating patterns of ...

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