Interpersonal functioning requires self-regulation

Kathleen D. Vohs, Natalie J. Ciarocco

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In this paper, we present evidence that supports the hypothesis that to be socially successful, people must have good self-regulation. Fifteen lines of research, including resistance to influence attempts, self-presentation, regulatory focus and interpersonal inspiration, accommodative responses, resisting the temptation of attractive alternates, self-serving biases in close relationships, conforming to group pressures, mixed race interactions, and stereotyping outgroup members, confirm the hypothesis. This review concludes that social functioning hinges on a host of self-control strategies: when people regulate their emotions, control the contents of their thoughts, override initial impulses, and redirect their behavior, they improve their chances at social inclusion. When people fail at self-regulation, they are likely to be ousted from groups and relationships. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of self-regulation: Research, theory, and applications
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, US
PublisherGuilford Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-1-57230-991-3
StatePublished - 2004


  • Ingroup Outgroup
  • Interpersonal Interaction
  • Self-Control
  • Self-Management
  • Self-Regulation
  • Social Acceptance
  • Social Behavior


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