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Old 11-19-2011, 11:49 AM
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Default Re: Science Saturday: Exercising Self-Control (Joshua Knobe & Roy Baumeister)

Nice conversation.

I wish they had discussed a bit more the contribution of temperament to self control. We can all train ourselves to improve self control, but there are people who temperamentally can achieve self control much more easily than others. Looking at very young children and their behavior can give a general idea of those inborn predispositions to self control vs impulsivity.

The role of inhibitions was also mentioned but not elaborated on.

Stories and experimental results regarding new couples and established couples are always entertaining. The balance between desire/drive to do something and countering by self control is somewhat of a simple mathematical operation.

Of course, we all know that there are situations that completely overwhelm one's capacity for self control. Encountering dark chocolate is one of the most obvious, no?
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