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The examination of personality and individual differences is a major field of research in the modern discipline of psychology. Concerned with the ways humans develop an organised set of characteristics to shape themselves and the world around them, it is a study of how people come to be 'different' and 'similar' to others, on both an individual and a cultural level. This volume focuses on various contexts and applications of personality and individual differences, in chapters arranged across three thematic sections: Part 1: Health and Psychological Adjustment Part 2: Social Behavior Part 3: Personality in the Workplace With outstanding contributions from leading scholars across the world, this is an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate students.
Chapter 12: Experiencing and Regulating Desire
Experiencing and Regulating Desire
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 ...