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Self-prospection and energization: the joint influence of time distance and consideration of future consequences

Self-prospection and energization: the joint influence of time distance and consideration of future consequences
Self-prospection and energization: the joint influence of time distance and consideration of future consequences
The way people envision their future (self-prospection) plays a key role in the energization required to pursue desired goals. We proposed that energization is determined by time distance from the imagined future-self and the individual's consideration of future consequences (CFC). We hypothesized that, when imagining their distant (vs. near) future-self, individuals higher on CFC (i.e., those who construe a stronger link between present and future selves), would report greater energization. Participants completed the CFC scale, imagined their distant or near future-self, and reported their energy level. Imagining distant (vs. near) future-self fostered energy among participants higher on CFC (Experiments 1-2), an effect mediated by vividness of self-representations (Experiment 2). Self-prospection has implications for current states, and specifically for felt energy.

Keywords: self-prospection, consideration of future consequences, temporal distance, future self, energization
1529-8868
Stephan, Elena
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Shidlovski, Daniella
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Stephan, Elena
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Shidlovski, Daniella
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Stephan, Elena, Shidlovski, Daniella and Sedikides, Constantine (2017) Self-prospection and energization: the joint influence of time distance and consideration of future consequences Self and Identity

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Abstract

The way people envision their future (self-prospection) plays a key role in the energization required to pursue desired goals. We proposed that energization is determined by time distance from the imagined future-self and the individual's consideration of future consequences (CFC). We hypothesized that, when imagining their distant (vs. near) future-self, individuals higher on CFC (i.e., those who construe a stronger link between present and future selves), would report greater energization. Participants completed the CFC scale, imagined their distant or near future-self, and reported their energy level. Imagining distant (vs. near) future-self fostered energy among participants higher on CFC (Experiments 1-2), an effect mediated by vividness of self-representations (Experiment 2). Self-prospection has implications for current states, and specifically for felt energy.

Keywords: self-prospection, consideration of future consequences, temporal distance, future self, energization

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Accepted/In Press date: 27 March 2017
Organisations: Human Wellbeing

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Local EPrints ID: 407358
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/407358
ISSN: 1529-8868
PURE UUID: 15bd273d-456c-4bcb-924e-6fb5922c4d97

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Date deposited: 04 Apr 2017 01:06
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 13:53

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Author: Elena Stephan
Author: Daniella Shidlovski

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