Prinsen S, Catharine Evers, Leoniek Wijngaards, Renée van Vliet, Denise de Ridder
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Self-licensing, employing reasons to justify indulgence, may help resolve the conflict between immediate temptations and long-term goals in favor of the former. It was hypothesized that this conflict-resolving potential of self-licensing may benefit self-regulation over time. With a momentary assessment design, we examined how self-licensing affects self-regulatory ability and the capacity to deal with subsequent self-regulatory conflicts.