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Experiencing and Regulating Desire
Experiencing and Regulating Desire
Wilhelm Hofmann Lotte van Dillen

In their everyday lives, people spend a lot of time experiencing and dealing with desires of all sorts. Examples include innate desires for food, drink, sleep, sex, and social connection as well as acquired desires such as for alcohol, cigarettes, and media. Whereas many desires are unproblematic and adaptive, sometimes desires can conflict with important self-regulatory or moral standards, goals, and values. Consider the alcoholic who is fully aware of the fact that giving in to the desire for another drink at the party he is attending will likely impair his ability to drive home safely. In addition to personal costs (e.g., receiving a ...

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