Emily Jimenez

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Emily Jimenez
APSP 2
Psychology 100
April 10, 2017





Motivation and Self-Control


As an academic Counselor I would first start off by asking the student to take some time to calm down about the situation. I then would tell the student that there is something that can be done about the lack of motivation and self-control, to not feel as if there is no solution to what is occurring.
Let's begin with defining the theory to the student so he/she can have a clear understanding about why he/she has difficulties with staying attentive to doing certain tasks. Self-Control is being able to control one's emotions, desires, or actions by one's own will. As the student mentioned he/she knows they are academically capable of doing the school work although has difficulties with: never knowing exactly what to do to study, can't keep track of how he/she is doing, and forgets to do stuff. It is obvious the student is not meeting the criteria for having self-control that is why I will suggest for he/she to get use to coming to see me to discuss a plan that can perhaps help with what he/she is having trouble with.
For starters, the student is aware that there is something stopping he/she from accomplishing stuff and is willing to receive advice and tips to improve it. Once I meet with the student again I will present the process it takes to help him/her improve self-control and motivation which is: Cybernetic model of control. The author suggests that control has three components for it to be effective: " setting goals, monitoring when behavior conflicts with these goals, and implementing behavior that supports these goals."
I would explain how cybernetics is the study of control ( Wiener, 1948 ) and how it has been used to "model control in people, animals, and machines."( Carver & Scheier, 1981 ). Giving an example to model this before trying it would help the student so I would present the following for he/she to get a small hold of what is coming his/her way. An example mentioned in Figure 1: First, a dieter sets a specific goal for the kinds of food he wants to eat (e.g., "Eat more broccoli, less chips"). Second, he monitors his eating behavior, looking for instances when his behavior deviates from his eating goals (e.g., "I'm eating chips now"). Third, when suc

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