Effects of goal attainment: relaxation versus renewed striving

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An analytic study of incidents in the lives of 151 college students indicated that the appearance of renewed striving toward similar goals, as a response to goal attainment, was associated with “(1) increase in the desire for the attainment of similar goals, (2) increased confidence in one's ability to achieve similar goals, (3) evidence of the appearance of new drives directed at maintenance or improvement of self esteem. (4) The presence of needs and goals of such types that the goal is likely to produce only partial satisfaction of the need.” The occurrence of renewed striving as a response to goal attainment was not considered incompatible with the postulate that a general effect of goal attainment is tension reduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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