do you do when it comes to exerting self-control? Do you have what it takes
when you need it? If you don’t, what can you do about it?
recent psychological study reported in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
is entitled “Building Self-Control Strength: Practicing Self-control Leads to
Improved Self-control Performance”.
the study shows is that if you practice small acts of inhibiting your feelings,
behavior, and urges, this in itself will increase your ability to exert
self-control. What you choose to exert self-control over is not as important as
the amount of inhibitory effort you exert. For example, you could vigorously practice
denying yourself a piece of chocolate when you have the urge to buy one. You
could just as vigorously practice your self-control when it comes to waiting until the last
minute or having to have the last word. All of these different acts of
self-control practiced vigorously will increase your ability to exert self-control in general.
may be the most important ingredient you’re missing when it comes to dieting
and losing the weight. And the research shows “…it is possible to strengthen
the self-control muscle through exercise…”