Cook PF, Schmiege SJ, Reeder B, Horton-Deutsch S, Lowe NK, Meek P
Nurs Res.;67(2):108-121. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000265.
Health promotion and chronic disease management both require behavior change, but people find it hard to change behavior despite having good intentions. The problem arises because patients’ narratives about experiences and intentions are filtered through memory and language. These narratives inaccurately reflect intuitive decision-making or actual behaviors. We propose a principle-temporal immediacy-as a moderator variable that explains which of two mental systems (narrative or intuitive) will be activated in any given situation. We reviewed multiple scientific areas to test temporal immediacy as an explanation for findings.