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Willpower Depletion

Willpower Depletion

It is the idea that we place our willpower under much strain and as we put in much more effort into anything, the more it gets drained.

The consequence of this is that the more it gets drained, the less self-control we have in order to resist temptations. However, many studies are contending this idea and supports the concept that willpower is not a finite commodity that depletes over time, it is something we can control.

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  4. Control your environment.
  5. Use mindfulness and meditation.

  • The most famous willpower experiment was the Marshmallow Test (on delayed gratification) that was developed by Prof Walter Mischel in the 1960s.
  • His results showed that those who managed to hold out were doing much better, had higher test scores, and lower BMIs.
  • This was ...

  • Numerous studies have been performed by various researchers to indicate how real willpower depletion is and if it is even real at all.
  • Even with the contention of its existence, some areas of research are showing promising studies that we can exert control over our willpowe...

  • Many of the willpower depletion studies have been Western-centric.
  • An intriguing take to the willpower depletion was from the studies from Asia where they believe that willpower should be seen as energizing not draining, because it that is our perception of it, then it will be.

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Brute willpower doesn't work

So we should stop worshiping self-control and start thinking about diluting the power of temptation. Because resisting temptation either only has short-term gains or can be an outright failure.

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