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Commentary: Engage or disengage? Interpretations from a resource conservation perspective

Published inMotivation and emotion, vol. 46, no. 6, p. 889-893
Publication date2022-10-31
First online date2022-10-31


In this commentary, I discuss the eight empirical contributions to the Motivation and Emotion special issue on goal disengagement from a resource conservation perspective. This process was not in the focus of the reported studies, but is central for understanding both engaging and disengaging. I will outline that many of the new findings on disengagement reported in this special issue are highly compatible with the predictions of and research on motivational intensity theory. Examples are the roles of commitment, subjective goal value, affective experiences, autonomy, self-awareness, and action planning. These variables have been found to be central for both engagement and disengagement and their consideration in a resource mobilization perspective should contribute to a more complete understanding of “letting go”.

  • Disengagement · Resource mobilization · Effort
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GENDOLLA, Guido H.E. Commentary: Engage or disengage? Interpretations from a resource conservation perspective. In: Motivation and emotion, 2022, vol. 46, n° 6, p. 889–893. doi: 10.1007/s11031-022-09987-6
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