New Book on PSI Theory: Why People Do the Things They Do – Building on Julius Kuhl’s Contributions to the Psychology of Motivation and Volition


Buildung on the central contributions of Julius Kuhl like the PSI Theory leading researchers including Charles S. Carver and Richard M. Ryan reflect the implications for their own work.

This book is edited by Nicola Baumann, Miguel Kazén, Markus Quirin & Sander L. Koole

The first chapter can be dowloaded here.
The book ISBN: 9780889375406 can be bought here.

Citation: Baumann, N., Kazén, M., Quirin, M., & Koole, S. L. (Eds.). (2018). Why People Do the Things They Do. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Part I Historical Perspectives

  • Chapter 1 The Romantic Science of Julius Kuhl by Sander L. Koole and Nicola Baumann (PDF)
  • Chapter 2 The Integration of Motivation and Volition in Personality Systems Interactions (PSI) Theory by Miguel Kazén and Markus Quirin
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    Part II Motivation: What Moves People to Action?

  • Chapter 3 The Goal Theory of Current Concerns and Its Applications at Year 45 by Eric Klinger
  • Chapter 4 Motivation and Lifespan Development by Jutta Heckhausen
  • Chapter 5 Implicit Prosocial Power Motivation: Views From Evolutionary and Developmental Cross-Cultural Psychology by Athanasios Chasiotis and Jan Hofer
  • Chapter 6 Goal Disengagement and Action Crises by Veronika Brandstätter and Marcel Herrmann
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    Part III Volition: How Do People Regulate Their Action?

  • Chapter 7 A Dynamic Perspective on Intention, Conflict, and Volition: Adaptive Regulation and Emotional Modulation of Cognitive Control Dilemmas by
    Thomas Goschke and Annette Bolte
  • Chapter 8 Does Prospective Memory Decline With Age? An Unsolved Riddle Unless State Orientation Is Taken Into Account by Reiner Kaschel and Miguel Kazén
  • Chapter 9 Why the Road to Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions: Paradoxical Effects of Volitional Action Control by Hester A. H. Ruigendijk, Nils B. Jostmann, and Sander L. Koole
  • Chapter 10 Impulsivity and Self-Control in Adaptive and Problem Behaviors by Charles S. Carver
  • Chapter 11 An Action-Based Model of Cognitive Dissonance Theory: Considering the Impact of Julius Kuhl’s Action-Control Theory by Eddie Harmon-Jones and Cindy Harmon-Jones
  • Chapter 12 When Consciousness Needs to Explain Unconsciously Activated Behavior by Ana P. Gantman, Peter M. Gollwitzer, and Gabriele Oettingen
  • PSI-Theorie

    Ansteuerung der Makrosysteme durch Affekte in der PSI-Theorie

    Part IV Self and Personality: Are People’s Actions Integrated Into the Self?

  • Chapter 13 Personality and Its Coherence: Insights from Social-Cognitive and Personality Systems Interactions Theories by Daniel Cervone and Markus Quirin
  • Chapter 14 Sibling Theories: Some Reflections on the Commonalities Between PSI and SDT by Richard M. Ryan
  • Chapter 15 Preserve the Status Quo, or Move to Mexico? How to Tell When a Radical Leap Is Really Warranted by Kennon M. Sheldon
  • Chapter 16 How Do We Know If You Know Your Self? Measures, Causes, and Consequences of Self-Access by Nicola Baumann, Miguel Kazén, and Markus Quirin
  • Chapter 17 The Significance of Implicit Personality Systems and Implicit Testing: Perspectives From PSI Theory by David Scheffer and Björn Manke
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    Part V Applications

  • Chapter 18 Action-State Orientation at Work: Dynamic Effects in Organizational Contexts by James M. Diefendorff, Erin M. Richard, Peter V. Dinh, and Chelsea LeNoble
  • Chapter 19 Personality Systems Interactions in Skilled Motor Performance: Implications for Sport Psychology by Peter Gröpel and Jürgen Beckmann
  • Chapter 20 Educational Implications of PSI Theory by Claudia Solzbacher and Christina Schwer
  • Chapter 21 Parental Empathy as a Source of Child’s Scholastic Performance: Linking Supportive Parental Empathy and School Grades by Particular Aspects of Children’s Self-Regulation by Ann-Kathrin Hirschauer, Frank Aufhammer, Regina Bode, Anita Chasiotis, and Thomas Künne
  • Chapter 22 The Supportive Role of Fathers for Childrens’ Development of the Authentic Self: A View Through the PSI Lense by Kerstin Liesenfeld
  • Chapter 23 Personality-Oriented Counseling and Psychotherapy by Gudula Ritz
  • Chapter 24 Freeing the Self: The Freedom Motive in Counseling and Therapy by Philipp Alsleben