Personal Human Goal

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A Personal Human Goal is an agent goal held by a person.



    • QUOTE: There has been a lot of research conducted looking at the link between achieving desired goals, changes to self-efficacy and integrity and ultimately changes to Subjective well-being.[1] Goal Efficacy refers to how likely an individual is to succeed in achieving their goal. Goal integrity refers to how consistent one's goals are with core aspects of the self. Research has shown that a focus on goal efficacy is associated with well being factor happiness (subjective well-being) and goal integrity is associated with the well-being factor meaning (psychology).[2] Multiple studies have shown the link between achieving long-term goals and changes in subjective well-being, most research showing that achieving goals that hold personal meaning to an individual, increases feelings of subjective well-being.
  1. Emmons, R.A. (1996). The Psychology of action: Linking cognition and motivation to behaviour. New York: Guilford Press. pp. 313–337. 
  2. McGregor, Ian; Brian R. Little (February 1998). "Personal projects, happiness, and meaning: On doing well and being yourself". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74 (2): 494–512. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.74.2.494. 



  • (Koestner et al., 2002) ⇒ Richard Koestner, Natasha Lekes, Theodore A. Powers, and Emanuel Chicoine. (2002). “Attaining personal goals: self-concordance plus implementation intentions equals success.” In: Journal of personality and social psychology, 83(1).
    • QUOTE: he present article includes separate meta-analyses showing that self-concordance and implementation intentions are significantly positively associated with goal progress. Study I confirmed the positive relations of both self-concordance and implementation intentions to weekend goal progress. Study 2 confirmed the positive relation of self-concordance with monthly progress on New Year's resolutions but failed to find a direct benefit for implementation intentions. Both studies, however, obtained a significant interaction effect indicating that goal self-concordance and implementation intentions combined synergistically to facilitate goal progress. The article also reports a meta-analysis and results from the 2 studies that demonstrated that goal progress was associated with improved affect over time.