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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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The Marshmallow Test: 1960 vs 2018

  • 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 ...

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Reverse Ego Depletion

Reverse Ego Depletion

  • 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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Roy Baumeister

Self-control is a huge predictor of success or failure in life.

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The Lab vs The Real World

  • 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...

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5 Hacks To Supercharge Your Willpower

5 Hacks To Supercharge Your Willpower

  1. Keep your sweets, don't throw them out.
  2. Drink a sugary drink.
  3. Avoid multiple resolutions.
  4. Control your environment.
  5. Use mindfulness and meditation.

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Willpower is not the lucky ticket to success

Willpower is not the lucky ticket to success

Studies have shown that people that are really good at achieving their goals are not the ones that put more effort into exerting self-control in the face of temptations, but the ones that experience fewer temptations to start with.

Reverse Ego Depletion

Reverse Ego Depletion

  • 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.

Willpower Is Overrated

We try to use willpower to move past the million distractions that come in the way of us and our goals. It isn’t very effective. There is a shortcut that does not require heroic self-control and willpower all the time.

One can try implementing the Ulysses Pact, or a commit...

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