Neuroscience proves Nietzsche right: some people are wired to be more spontaneous than others “Why can’t you just relax into it?” is a question many of us have asked in frustration with ourselves or others – be it on the … Continue reading The competitive brain
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
Are You Hitting Your Limit, or Getting Stronger? The Power of Reinterpreting Mental Effort Listen to your elders, they say. Well, I wasn’t sure what to think when as a seven-year-old I sat in the kitchen and listened to my … Continue reading Mental gym
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…
“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
How to keep your resolutions (clue: it’s not all about willpower) It’s hard to think of a situation in which it wouldn’t be extremely useful to have more willpower. For a start, your New Year’s resolutions would no longer be … Continue reading Willpower comes and goes
Everything Is Crumbling Nearly 20 years ago, psychologists Roy Baumeister and Dianne Tice, a married couple at Case Western Reserve University, devised a foundational experiment on self-control. “Chocolate chip cookies were baked in the room in a small oven,” they … Continue reading Is the ego depletion effect fake or real?