The Marshmallow Test

The Marshmallow Test: Understanding Self-control and How To Master It

Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 10/09/2015
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The Marshmallow Test
Temptation, Addiction, Nature, Nurture.
An unusual subject, but what a fascinating read filled with a lot of ideas backed up by solid research. Thank goodness for rationality amongst the wealth o... READ MORE
Colin Martin at Oban


A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. What will she do? And what are the implications for her behaviour later in life? Walter Mischel's now iconic 'marshmallow test,' one of the most famous experiments in the history of psychology, proved that the ability to delay gratification is critical to living a successful and fulfilling life: self-control not only predicts higher marks in school, better social and cognitive functioning, and a greater sense of self-worth; it also helps us manage stress, pursue goals more effectively, and cope with painful emotions. But is willpower prewired, or can it be taught? In his groundbreaking new book, Dr. Mischel draws on decades of compelling research and life examples to explore the nature of willpower, identifying the cognitive skills and mental mechanisms that enable it and showing how these can be applied to challenges in everyday life - from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way we think about who we are and what we can be. And since, as Mischel argues, a life with too much self-control can be as unfulfilling as one with too little, this book will also teach you when it's time to ring the bell and enjoy that marshmallow.

“Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel has spent a lifetime studying the way our brains work, and his conclusions about how we exercise self-control – or don’t are profound and important.” - Daily Mail

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780552168861
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 230g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 20 mm

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The Marshmallow Test
Thinking hot and cold
Those familiar with the work of Kahneman will already be familiar with the notion that evolution has left humans with the atavistic tendency to allow the o... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
The Marshmallow Test
Improving One's Self-Control
This is a fascinating book about self-control, its benefits and how to improve yours. Though mostly focussed on children, there is plenty here for adults ... READ MORE
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