Running out of self-control

“Strongest evidence yet” for ego depletion – the idea that self control is a limited resource

For years, “ego depletion” has been a dominant theory in the study of self control. This is the intuitive idea that self control or willpower is a limited resource, such that the more you use up in one situation, the less you have left over to deploy in another. It makes sense of the everyday experience of when you come home after a hard day at the office, abandon all constructive plans, and instead binge on snacks in front of the TV. The trouble is, the theory has taken some hard knocks lately, including a failed joint replication attempt by 23 separate labs. ….[READ]

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