People’s Sense Of Control Over Their Actions Is Reduced At A Fundamental Level When They’re Angry Or Afraid During major bouts of anger or fear, people can end up taking extreme and sometimes violent actions. But they often say that, … Continue reading Extreme emotions
Why Is It So Hard to Change Bad Habits? I’ve managed to turn around a lot of my bad habits over the years, like reducing my fast food consumption, spending less time glued to screens, and finding an exercise regimen … Continue reading Habit reset challenge
Effective Self-Control Strategies Involve Much More Than Willpower, Research Shows It’s mid-February, around the time that most people waver in their commitment to the resolutions they’ve made for the new year. Many of these resolutions – whether it’s to spend … Continue reading Evidence-based strategies
How to Change Without Willpower It’s a new year! Time to reinvent yourself. Maybe you want to save more money, get fit, date better, eat better, use your phone differently, or drink less. I have tried most of these. And … Continue reading Promises promises…
The Problem With New Year’s Resolutions: What to Do Instead Yes, it’s that time again—the turning of the page, the stretch of a brand-new year, and, hopefully, a whole new you, right? Well, I happen to be a believer in … Continue reading Plot and plan
The cigarette smoker as two-self economic man In a landmark report released in May 1988, the Surgeon General of the United States concluded that the nicotine in cigarette smoke was an addictive drug. The report described cigarette smoking as a … Continue reading Are you rationally addicted?
Remembering Walter Mischel, with Love and Procrastination Four years ago, I made a public promise to my former graduate adviser, Walter Mischel: within the year, I would publish the results of our five-year collaboration on self-control. Walter had called me … Continue reading In memoriam of Walter Mischel