Discipline on NPR

Willpower: A Game Of Strategy : NPR.

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.
– Mae West

There’s a lot of talk about the notions of “willpower” and “discipline” and “focus” and the like when discussing Discipline Priests diet and fitness routines. But what is it? How does it work?

One psychology professor at Columbia University, Walter Mischel, has done some pretty interesting research into the notion of willpower over the last several decades, and has come up with two main strategies for improving our resistance to temptation.

[Excerpted from my latest column at ShrinkGeek].

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