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Theoretical integration in motivational science: System justification as one of many “autonomous motivational structures”

  • Aaron C. Kay (a1) and John T. Jost (a2)


Recognizing that there is a multiplicity of motives – and that the accessibility and strength of each one varies chronically and temporarily – is essential if motivational scientists are to achieve genuine theoretical and empirical integration. We agree that system justification is a case of nonconscious goal pursuit and discuss implications of the fact that it conflicts with many other psychological goals.



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