Cognitive Style, Emotional Regulation and Achievement Motivation in Lawyers

Bilal Ahmad (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Shahnila Tariq, PhD

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The aim of the current research was to investigate the relationship between cognitive style, emotional regulation and achievement motivation in lawyers. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between cognitive style, emotional regulation and achievement motivation. Correlation research design and convenient sampling technique was used to collect data from male lawyers (N = 100). The data was collected from different courts of Lahore. A demographic information sheet, Alert Cognitive Style Scale (Crane, 1989), Emotional Regulation scale (Gross, 2003) and Achievement Motivation Inventory (Muthee, 2009) were used for data collection. Data was analyzed by using Pearson product moment correlation, hierarchal regression and One-way ANOVA. The results revealed that cognitive style, emotional regulation (cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression) were significant with achievement motivation. Furthermore, it was found that number of family members was negatively correlated with achievement motivation and type of cases with deal was found positively correlated with achievement motivation. The findings were discussed in the light of the literature. This research will be beneficial in improving the achievement motivation in lawyers.

Keywords: Cognitive style, emotional regulation, achievement motivation, lawyers.

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