Counteracting depletion: Adventures in resilience
Monday, November 16, 2015
Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Work on ego depletion has illustrated the negative consequences of prior exertion of self-control for subsequent performance, suggesting that depletion is a major limiting factor to the pursuit of important goals in everyday life (Vohs, Kaikati, Kerkhof, & Schmeichel, 2009; Hofmann, Vohs, & Baumeister, 2012). We suggest that people have adaptive mechanisms in place to deal with depletion, and highlight both proactive and counteractive efforts that individuals employ in response to the threat of depletion.