Title

Negotiable Fate: Social Ecological Foundation and Psychological Functions

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

Individuals can negotiate with fate for control through exercising personal agency within the limits that fate has determined, a belief that is referred to as negotiable fate. The current study examined: (a) the social ecological factors that contribute to the prevalence of this belief in negotiable fate and; (b) the psychological functions it serves. The results from a cross-cultural study suggested that negotiable fate is more prevalent in contexts where individuals face many constraints in the pursuit of their goals (i.e., in Mainland China versus the United States), and it promotes active coping and positive self-views in those contexts. The importance of understanding how fate beliefs are linked to sociocultural contexts was discussed in reference to the psychological control literature and cultural psychology.

Keywords

fate belief, implicit theories, sociocultural contexts, cultural psychology, constraints

Discipline

Multicultural Psychology | Sociology of Culture

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Volume

43

Issue

6

First Page

931

Last Page

942

ISSN

0022-0221

Identifier

10.1177/0022022111421632

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022022111421632

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