Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it.
A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. What will she do? And what are the implications for her behavior later in life?
The world's leading expert on self-control, Walter Mischel has proven that the ability to delay gratification is critical for a successful life, predicting higher SAT scores, better social and cognitive functioning, a healthier lifestyle and a greater sense of self-worth. But is willpower prewired, or can it be taught?
In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life--from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.
Introduction p. 3
Delay Ability: Enabling Self-Control
In Stanford University's Surprise Room p. 13
How They Do It p. 28
Thinking Hot and Cool p. 43
The Roots of Self-Control p. 51
The Best-Laid Plans p. 61
Idle Grasshoppers and Busy Ants p. 70
Is It Prewired? The New Genetics p. 79
From Marshmallows in Pre-K to Money in 401(k)
The Engine of Success: "I Think I Can!" p. 101
Your Future Self p. 123
Beyond the Here and Now p. 131
Protecting the Hurt Self: Self-Distancing p. 147
Cooling Painful Emotions p. 158
The Psychological Immune System p. 169
When Smart People Act Stupid p. 187
If-Then Signatures of Personality p. 195
The Paralyzed Will p. 206
Will Fatigue p. 215
From Lab to Life
Marshmallows and Public Policy p. 233
Applying Core Strategies p. 254
Human Nature p. 273
Acknowledgments p. 281
Notes p. 283
Index p. 317
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