Serendipity as an Example for a New Four-tiered Model of the Study of Intentional Self-regulation

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Abstract

This article describes how actions transform chance events into sustained positive development. I argue that serendipity is intentional, and involves the coaction of self-regulatory actions and chance life events. To provide a foundation for research on both serendipity and self-regulation more generally, I introduce a model of self-regulation research organized across the nomothetic-idiographic spectrum. In this model, every self-regulatory action should be simultaneously studied at various levels of generality and specificity. Using the example case of serendipity, I argue that self-regulation research should adopt this model to capture the full richness of goal striving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-279
Number of pages15
JournalResearch in Human Development
Volume15
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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