Motivation and emotion/Lectures/Mindsets, control, and the self

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Lecture 06: Mindsets, control, and the self
This is the sixth lecture for the motivation and emotion unit of study.

Overview[edit | edit source]

This lecture discusses:

  • mindsets
  • personal control beliefs
  • the self and its strivings

Take-home messages:

  • Different mindsets lead to different goal striving strategies
  • The core efficacy belief of "I can do it" and the outcome belief of "it will work" lead to competent, enthusiastic functioning
  • Exerting self-control over short-term urges is needed to pursue long-term goals; but this capacity is limited and needs replenishment

Outline[edit | edit source]


  • What are mindsets?
  • Deliberative – Implemental
  • Prevention – Promotion
  • Fixed – Growth
  • Dissonance – Consistency

Personal control beliefs

  • Expectancy and control
  • Self-efficacy
  • Stress and coping
  • Mastery vs helpnessness
  • Reactance
  • Expectancy-value model


  • Self strivings
  • Self-concept
  • Self-identity
  • Agency
  • Self-regulation

Readings[edit | edit source]

  1. Chapter 09: Mindsets (Reeve, 2018)
  2. Chapter 10: Personal control beliefs (Reeve, 2018)
  3. Chapter 11: The self and its strivings (Reeve, 2018)

Multimedia[edit | edit source]

  • How to make stress your friend (Kelly McGonigal, TED talk, 2013) (12:21 min) explains that changing how we think about stress can actually make it good for us.

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