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


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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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

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1529-8868 (print)
Organisations: Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 407358
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27 March 2017Accepted/In Press
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 01:06
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:00
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/407358

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