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
Psychologists are trying to figure out why we don’t go to sleep (even when we want to) You know the feeling. It’s late and you were supposed to be asleep 20 minutes ago. But Netflix calls. Or the new Stephen … Continue reading Bedtime procrastination
Struggle With Self-Control? Take Yourself Out of the Equation Picture this: You’re staring down a plate of fresh brownies during your 2 p.m. lull. You had an early lunch so your stomach is grumbling, and dinner feels a lifetime away. … Continue reading Succumbing to temptation
Ask Yourself These 2 Questions To Jump-Start Your Morning Productivity Technically, we all have the same wide-open opportunity every morning: to set some goals for the day and strive to achieve them. In practice, though, that doesn’t always happen. You … Continue reading Tips for breakfast
“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 … Continue reading Running out of self-control