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Self Control

7 Ways To Easily Increase Your Willpower

Business Insider | Eric Barker | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

In general, people have an overly positive vision of themselves and their abilities. But what’s the one thing surveys show most everyone will admit...

The Science Behind Our Urge To Procrastinate

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living

Cranking out a final paper hours before the deadline. Putting off that trip to the supermarket until the refrigerator shelves are completely barren. W...

A Quick-Start Guide to Self-Control

Matt Tenney | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Tenney

It's much easier to have self-control when we're away from any temptations. So I made it a point to create some rules for myself at a time when I was not subject to the temptation of chess, while I was out for a walk.

Put On Your Armor of God

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

Here is how I've learned to control how I react: I take a pause and put on the armor of God. Reacting emotionally means we are allowing the situation, or other people, to dictate how we feel and how we act. And if we do that, we will never come out of a bad situation victorious.

'Bedtime Procrastination' Researcher Tells How To Beat The Problem

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.13.2014 | Science

Children do it. Adults do it too. But why do we wind up putting off pillow time even when we're dead-tired? Scientists at Utrecht University in the...

Is This The Key To Self-Improvement?

Caroline L. Arnold | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Caroline L. Arnold

Behavioral changes at the margin are the key to getting at the core of any goal. Learning how to delay even a minor gratification helps to build a mindset that can support ambitious personal objectives. It's never to late to teach yourself how to pass the marshmallow test.

How Your Partner's Self-Control Affects Your Own

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living

Does your partner have a lot of self-control, or does he or she always seem to be depleted of it? The answer could affect the way you make decisions. ...

7 Tips For Better Willpower

Jill S. Brown | Posted 07.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Jill S. Brown

Scientists have studied the mystery of willpower for decades. Some very interesting hypotheses have been found just in this last decade.

Doing This and That: Are You a 'Precrastinator'?

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Scientists at Penn State have been studying effort -- when and why we either spend or conserve our energy. They set out to confirm the intuitive notion that we don't use any more effort than we must in our routine daily actions.

Is Gratitude a Tool for Patience?

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.11.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In AA and other recovery programs, willpower is an unreliable tool for abstinence. Effortful self-regulation can and does fail us, and such failures can leave us vulnerable to impatient decision making. A better alternative can be seen in another practice well known in the rooms of recovery -- the gratitude list.

The Addict's Perilous Bargain

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.28.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Most of us are capable of bargaining for a distant payoff -- a college diploma, for example -- but addicts are bad at this calculation. So if addicts are so bad at temporal discounting, is it possible that this cognitive bias might be a marker of treatment success -- even a target of intervention?

How to Make Yourself Do Something When You Just Don't Want To

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Thinking about the consequences of failure, ignoring your feelings and engaging in detailed planning don't sound as fun as advice like "Follow your passion!" or "Stay positive!" But they have the decided advantage of actually being effective -- which, as it happens, is exactly what you'll be if you use them.

Now! Later. No, Right Now! Maybe in a Bit.

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.21.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Why would those who intentionally but irrationally put things off, who don't seem pressured by time -- why would these same people also tend to make rash decisions, without thought or planning? Procrastination and impulsivity are the odd couple of the human mind.

Stop! Don't Buy That! Be Happy!

Nancy Deville | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Deville

Conspicuous consumption is kind of a fun concept. We've all done it. Clothing. Cars. Jewelry. Homes. Does buying more things make you happier? Actuall...

Are Health Scientists Healthy?

Troy Campbell | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science
Troy Campbell

Behavioral scientists don't just study irrationality; we live with it. Despite our own efforts to live rational lives and all the effort we spend designing environments that help people behave more rationally, we scientists find ourselves choosing irrationally.

Is It Really Possible To Run Out Of Self-Control?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Self-control seems awfully hard to come by when we're zapped of energy. But a new study suggests that trouble with self-control during times like thes...

Is Mindfulness Harmful?

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

The absence of mind wandering likely does not equal the presence of mindfulness, and that effortlessness may be a key aspect of cultivating the fertile soil for creativity to grow.

Succumb to Your Desires in 2014: Controlling Them Only Intensifies the Urge

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 03.02.2014 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

Today millions of Americans will pull out their lists of New Year's resolutions, full of intentions to control their many temptations, from one-night stands to junk food to alcohol to smoking. What are the costs of all that self-control?

The Science Behind Successful Resolutions

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 03.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Even though making a resolution is thrilling, keeping it isn't easy. Many people aren't ready to make the serious commitment needed to succeed.

Prayer Study Reveals Benefits For Believers, Atheists Alike

| Piercarlo Valdesolo | Posted 12.26.2013 | Science

The religious find strength through God; this we know. But a new study conducted by Prof. Malt Friese and Michaela Wanke suggests that even non-believ...

7 Willpower Hacks To Help You Get Out Of Your Own Way

Posted 12.04.2013 | Healthy Living

We may know powerfully and innately what's most important to us, but when it comes to acting on our deepest values, many of us tend to get in our own ...

The Future of Smoking Cessation (Hint: It May Not Be E-Cigarettes)

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

E-cigarettes made a big splash recently, with celebrities smoking them on talk shows and companies ramping up their production to rake in profits before the FDA comes in and regulates them. The tag line is that it is better to use an e-cigarette than smoke the real thing. But do they really help people quit?

Why We Need Slack in Our Lives, and Why Organizations Should Start Giving It to Us?

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jon Jachimowicz

The idea of structuring processes and tasks to most efficiently utilize employees' time and workload has an intuitive appeal -- isn't efficiency a goal many countries cherish and many people strive towards?

4 Reasons We Get Frustrated and How to Cope

Donna Labermeier | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Labermeier

There are no random acts -- there is always meaning even if you do not see it -- so try not to waste your energy taking issue with whatever happens. Just go with the flow.

Sirens in the Grocery Aisles

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Very few of us have perfect self-control, but importantly, many of us are well aware of our limited power to say no. So it's sometimes possible to anticipate times of weakness and devise ways to restrict our own freedom.