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LOPES, Paulo Nuno; COYLE, Adrian  and  GALLIE, Jack. Emotion and self-regulation in deliberate personal change: A case study analysis. Psicologia [online]. 2014, vol.28, n.1, pp.19-31. ISSN 0874-2049.

Two young adults’ experiences of deliberate personal change in the realms of study habits and social interaction were examined using a qualitative, interview-based case study approach. Both talked about an aspect of their behavior that they had changed and one that they would like to change. Thematic analysis was used to interpret their stories and reach an integrative and contextualized understanding of their individual developmental trajectories. Our analysis explored the use of motivated reasoning to avoid or reinforce change, and the role of emotion in decision-making under uncertainty. These two themes are integrated in our discussion of the role of self-regulation in deliberate change, which sheds light on the experience of ambivalence about change and on the unpredictability of individual development trajectories. Building on theory and research on affective forecasting biases, we propose that a failure of ‘experiential emotional anticipation’ can explain ambivalence about personal change and why people sometimes do not act upon their rational beliefs.

Keywords : Planned Change; Emotion; Self-regulation; Decision-Making; Personality.

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