Quotation Kokkoris, Michail, Stavrova, Olga. 2020. The dark side of self-control. Harvard Business Review.




An ability to override short-term impulses that conflict with long-term goals is a hallmark of successful people. But is resisting temptation always beneficial? A small but growing body of research has begun to illuminate a dark side of self-control. Self-control can restrict emotional experiences. It can lead to long-term regret. It can lead to burnout. It can lead to ethical transgressions and discrimination. Self-control is an important tactic for reaching one’s goals. However, instead of treating self-control as the sole determinant of happiness and success, we need to view it in the broader context of the self in a more holistic way.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Harvard Business Review
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-C, WH-A
Language English
Title The dark side of self-control
Year 2020
URL https://hbr.org/2020/01/the-dark-side-of-self-control
DOI n.a.
Open Access N


Kokkoris, Michail (Former researcher)
Stavrova, Olga (Tilburg University, Netherlands)
Institute for Marketing and Consumer Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5320 Marketing (Details)
5504 Experimental psychology (Details)
5511 Social psychology (Details)
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