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Walter Mischel, the Marshmallow Test, and Self-Control


Walter Mischel, the psychologist behind the famous marshmallow test, has struggled with the very issue he studied. Maria Konnikova writes:

“Mischel has travelled around the world to study delayed gratification in various cultural and socioeconomic contexts. The principles from the marshmallow test seemed to hold universally. But, even as he was learning just how important self-control is to success in life, he couldn’t keep himself from smoking.”

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“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs, and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate beings condemning them to spend their lives in search for their other halves.”

~Plato’s The Symposium.

How many times will I reblog this? “Always.”

We did it at school. The myth also says that the pairings could be male/female, male/male or female/female (just sayin’)

sometimes you don’t need to find someone else

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