Name of Theory?

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CheetahGirl

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Does anyone know the name of the "theory" in which a person strives for a goal and once it becomes more attainable, this goal becomes less desirable to the person? It's similar to self-sabotage or buyer’s remorse.

For example: a person applies for very desirable job, and interviews for this job. However, as this person leaves the interview, he/she starts thinking about all the reasons that he/she may not want to work there.

Silly thread, I know, but I'm driving myself insane trying to remember the name of this theory.
 

mander

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It's a cognitive dissonance thing -- maybe overjustification effect?
 

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Let me guess. You're referring to the "you finally got the guy and now you don't want him syndrome"?
 

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Um... this reminded me of an approach-avoidance conflict but I'm pretty sure I'm wrong. haha.

Now it's gonna bug me too.
 

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Um... this reminded me of an approach-avoidance conflict but I'm pretty sure I'm wrong. haha.

Now it's gonna bug me too.

That's it! I'm an internet junkie at 12:33am, so I'm going to cite a questionnable source (that I love):

Approach-avoidance occurs when an individual moves closer (physically or psychologically) to a seemingly desirable object, only to have the potentially negative consequences of contacting that object push back against the closing behavior. Appears in the 2006 AP Psychology Test
Source: Wikipedia

Now, for the life of me, why couldn't I have found this on my own?!!! Thank you very much...I can sleep now. :sleep:
 

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That's it! I'm an internet junkie at 12:33am, so I'm going to cite a questionnable source (that I love):

Approach-avoidance occurs when an individual moves closer (physically or psychologically) to a seemingly desirable object, only to have the potentially negative consequences of contacting that object push back against the closing behavior. Appears in the 2006 AP Psychology Test
Source: Wikipedia

Now, for the life of me, why couldn't I have found this on my own?!!! Thank you very much...I can sleep now. :sleep:

YAY! My intro to clinical psych class finally comes in handy!

Now if only my random jeopardy knowledge could get me into grad school, I'd be set!
 
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