The Marshmallow Test
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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 behavior later in life? Walter Mischel’s now iconic Marshmallow Test proved that the ability to delay gratification is critical to living a successful and fulfilling life: self-control not only predicts higher SAT scores, better social and cognitive functioning, and a greater sense of self-worth but 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 audiobook, 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 controlling weight 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. “This marvelous book is unique, and beautifully written from beginning to end. The range that Walter Mischel covers—from creative cognitive science to neuroscience to genetics—is breathtaking.” —Eric R. Kandel, MD, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, professor of neuroscience, Columbia University, author of The Age of Insight and In Search of Memory