The Marshmellow Test

“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?

The world’s leading expert on self-control, Walter Mischel has proven that the ability to delay gratification is critical for a successful life, predicting higher SAT scores, better social and cognitive functioning, a healthier lifestyle and a greater sense of self-worth. But is willpower prewired, or can it be taught?”

This is something I noticed about Mr. Boy long ago. He can wait. He doesn’t wait all the time; he’s not a robot. But he can delay gratification. I hope I’m around long enough to see how it works out for him.

Via Instapundit.

3 responses to “The Marshmellow Test

  1. Mr Boy is cool, I can attest to that, and more power to him.

  2. “I can resist anything, but temptation” Wilde and assorted Assyrians

  3. The older I get the easier it gets. For some things, anyhow.