Motives, goals, and emotional well-being

Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Psychologie (Motivation, Emotion und Lernen)


According to our own and others' consistent research findings, the goals that people set and pursue in their daily lives are statistically independent of the affectively charged motives that color their emotional lives; thus, wheras some people happen to pursue goals that fit their motives and that make them happy, about as many people pursue goals that do not fit their motives and thus prevent them from attaining happiness. Our research therefore examines (a) the precursors of and reasons for the independence between implicit motives and personal goals, (b) the consequences of this independence for emotional well-being, behavior, and the development of competencies, and (c) the development of interventions to increase congruence between motives and goals.

Related Project(s)

Development and validation of a measure of sexual motivation
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss
Mindfulness and motivational congruence
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss
The implicit achievement motive and resilience
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss
Diagnosing high-potentials in a research organization
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss
Motive assessment
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss

Assigned publications

Köllner, M., & Schultheiss, O. (2014). Meta-analytic evidence of low convergence between implicit and explicit measures of the needs for achievement, affiliation, and power. Frontiers in psychology, 5.
Schultheiss, O., & Strasser, A. (2012). Referential processing and competence as determinants of congruence between implicit and explicit motives. In Vazire Simine, Wilson Timothy D. (Eds.), Handbook of self-knowledge. (pp. 39-62). New York: Guilford Press.
Schultheiss, O., Patalakh, M., Rawolle, M., Liening, S.H., & MacInnes, J.J. (2011). Referential competence is associated with motivational congruence. Journal of research in personality, 45(1), 59-70.

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