Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Regulatory Mode

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2305-1



The regulatory mode of conduct is the way individuals tend to regulate themselves when striving after determinate goals or way of doing activities. According to regulatory mode theory, developed by Kruglanski et al. (2000), there are two different and independent regulatory modes or functions of self-regulation: assessment and locomotion. Assessment is “the comparative aspect of self-regulation concerned with critically evaluating entities or states, such as goals or means, in relation to alternatives in order to judge relative quality” (Kruglanski et al. 2000, p. 794). Locomotion is the aspect of self-regulation concerned with “movement from state to state and with committing the psychological resources that will initiate and maintain goal-related movement in a straightforward and direct manner, without undue distractions or delays” (Kruglanski et al. 2000, p. 794).


These two functions of self-regulation,...


Kruglanski Locomotor Orientation Harmonious Passion Higher Locomotor Intraindividual Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Blekinge Center of CompetenceBlekinge County CouncilKarlskronaSweden
  2. 2.Network for Empowerment and Well-BeingLyckebySweden
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

Section editors and affiliations

  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Oakland UniversityRochesterUSA