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Encyclopedia of Public Health

pp 1290-1290

Self-Regulation

Synonyms

Regulating oneself

Definition

Self-regulation is a concept that derives from cognitive social learning theory, and it includes what is commonly named willpower. Self‐regulation includes cognitive and behavioral processes that involve the initiation, termination, delay, modulation, modification, or redirection of a person's emotions, thoughts, behaviors, physiological responses, or environment.

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