Self-regulation, ego depletion, and inhibition

Baumeister, Roy F. (2014) Self-regulation, ego depletion, and inhibition. Neuropsychologia, 65 313-319. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.08.012

Author Baumeister, Roy F.
Title Self-regulation, ego depletion, and inhibition
Journal name Neuropsychologia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-3514
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.08.012
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 65
Start page 313
End page 319
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract Inhibition is a major form of self-regulation. As such, it depends on self-awareness and comparing oneself to standards and is also susceptible to fluctuations in willpower resources. Ego depletion is the state of reduced willpower caused by prior exertion of self-control. Ego depletion undermines inhibition both because restraints are weaker and because urges are felt more intensely than usual. Conscious inhibition of desires is a pervasive feature of everyday life and may be a requirement of life in civilized, cultural society, and in that sense it goes to the evolved core of human nature. Intentional inhibition not only restrains antisocial impulses but can also facilitate optimal performance, such as during test taking. Self-regulation and ego depletion— may also affect less intentional forms of inhibition, even chronic tendencies to inhibit. Broadly stated, inhibition is necessary for human social life and nearly all societies encourage and enforce it.
Keyword Self-regulation
Ego depletion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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