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(p. 149) Goals 

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(p. 149) Goals
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Andrew MacLeod

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780198725046.003.0007
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date: 21 September 2017

Goals are desired future outcomes that we are willing to work towards and believe are possible to bring about. Chapter 7 reviews how goals link to mental health and well-being. Aspects covered include the content of the goals that people have, why they have them, whether the goals are about attaining new desired outcomes, or avoiding future outcomes that people do not want. How personally invested in their goals people are, and whether they disengage from goals that are not looking likely to be successful or develop a state of painful engagement with goals are also discussed in relation to well-being and mental health. Ways that goals might contribute to well-being are reviewed, including impact on anticipatory affect and satisfaction with progress, both of which are disrupted in depression.

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