Conation, Volition, and Self-Regulation

Citation: Huitt, W. (2011). Conation, volition, and self-regulation. Educational Psychology Interactive. Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University. Retrieved [date], from

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In the Brilliant Star framework, conation, volition, and self-regulation relate to how one consciously controls one's focus, mental processing, intentions, and behavior. This conscious control is an essential capacity that differentiates animals and human beings. In the chaotic conditions of modern and post-modern society (Huitt, 2007), development of the capacities of self-regulation is an important key to success. 

Several important topics are related to self-regulation.  For example, one's worldview paradigm (Willis, 2007)provides the framework of selecting, processing, and organizing information about the world, especially how one views one's self (Huitt, 2009) and how one goes about identifying and meeting one's human needs (e.g., Maslow, 1954, 1971). Other topics associated with conation (Huitt, 1999) include developing a vision for one's life, setting goals, making action plans, and reflecting on one's actions.


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