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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 willpower through workouts or rituals.
  • It showed that even small, regular tests of willpower can give your self-control a lift. Willpower workouts don’t have to be especially taxing to have an effect.

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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 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 ...

  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.

  • 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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