I know what do these all words mean separately, but I don't understand the meaning when they're used together. Can you explain it in simple terms and give examples of using this phrase?

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    Context would be helpful, but I guess it's about a gap between intention and behaviour. In other words, I want to make you happy, but what I actually do is making you unhappy.
    – oerkelens
    Jul 9, 2017 at 17:51
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    It's used in next sentence: "... announcing your goal widens your intention-behavior gap which is the disconnect between knowing you should do something and actually doing it."
    – sendgn
    Jul 9, 2017 at 18:07
  • Didn't you just answer your own question?
    – Řídící
    Jul 9, 2017 at 18:15

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The "gap" refers to the difference between the intention, and the actual result of the behavior.

For instance, a child tries to be helpful by handing something to an adult, and ends up breaking it instead. There's a gap between intent (helpful) and behavior (break), which is unhelpful.

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