The marshmallow test provides interesting anecdotes related to self control and the disastrous effects of lacking it the main theme is how childrens self control evaluated through taking the marshmallow test forgoing eating one marshmallow for a later reward of two marshmallows manifests throughout later life. In the marshmallow test mischel explains how self control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life from weight control to quitting smoking overcoming heartbreak making major decisions and planning for retirement. Psychologist walter mischel designer of the marshmallow test explains what self control is and how to master it a child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice eat this one now or wait and enjoy two later. Walter mischel who first ran the test in the 1960s spent the rest of his career exploring how self control works summarized in his 2014 book the marshmallow test mastering self control the ability to delay gratification and resist temptation has been a fundamental challenge since the dawn of civilization he writes. The marshmallow test mastering self control by walter mischel little brown 2014 29 fifty years ago mischel a psychologist presented preschoolers with a difficult choice
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