The Marshmallow Test: Understanding Self-control and How To Master It (Paperback)
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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 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: 237 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


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"The Marshmallow Test is a tour de force. Despite its serious academic content, it wears its learning lightly ... this book will make [Mischel] as much of a household name as his marshmallows are." -- Natalie Gold * The Times *
"This is a complex book that explores human nature, neuroscience and genetics, enlivened by a sprinkling of anecdotes. It's also a book that can show you how to change your behaviour: whether it's finally setting up that pension, cutting your alcohol intake or shunning the marshmallows for good." -- Rosamund Urwin * Evening Standard *
"This is a genial, optimistic book and a rather soothing read ... it provides an important and largely painless insight into a profound transformation in psychology" * The Sunday Times *
"Walter Mischel is one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, and The Marshmallow Test will make him one of the most influential in this century, too." * Steven Pinker *
"A top five psychology title" * Independent on Sunday *

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“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 of self-help books. You may not master your self-control but... More

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
24th October 2015
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“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 older impulsive part of the brain to hinder the calm and... More

Paperback edition
21st January 2016
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“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 - and of course parents. Through years of research the author... More

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16th February 2018
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