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


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

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    Walter Mischel(Author)
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.

"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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Book details

  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Walter Mischel(Author)
  • Corgi (10 Sept. 2015)
  • English
  • 5
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle
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  • By N. Howell on 15 January 2017

    An excellent book full of facts and insights told in an engaging way. I recommend for anyone interested in psychology, and also enormously helpful for me as a teacher; this book gave me hundreds of ideas to help the children in my class.

  • By Kate A on 10 January 2016

    I don't normally write reviews (although I always read other people's) but had to say what a fantastic book this is! I couldn't put it down and unusually for me have made notes on what I'm going to do as a result of reading it. Loads of ideas I can use both for myself and my son. Very clear, interesting and useful - buy it!

  • By Alex Heylin on 22 April 2017

    Many books express opinions, this one presents facts from research and I found it an interesting read.

  • By walton on 29 August 2017

    Fascinating study about how children respond to an experiment challenging them to choose immediate or delayed gratification. Robust conclusions result from how children react to a simple test

  • By R on 26 April 2017

    A brilliant and optimistic book about self-control. Self-control and the ability to delay gratification is the killer app that supports education, work, relationships. It supports you in times of stress and if you suffer learning or other disabilities. And it can be mastered, regardless of your age.

  • By bluebirdfp on 13 April 2015

    A great book for all of us who wish we could exercise more self-control to lead healthier, more enjoyable lives. Professor Walter Mischel spent 40 years observing whether children preferred eating one marshmallow straightway or were prepared to wait fifteen minutes to get two. Those who delayed gratification went on to be healthier and happier than those who did not. Refusing that yummy cake means cooling the 'hot' system (I want it NOW) and heating up the 'cool' system (though it will give me a high, I'll also get a bigger backside). A very readable book which encapsulates decades of painstaking research - yet I could hardly put it down!

  • By Vavavoom on 23 January 2017

    Accessible read that is both fascinating and has the potential to help change the way we approach self-control. Solid psychological research that is clearly applicable to everyday life. I have always been interested in the marshmallow test studies since I first heard of them years ago but nearly didn't buy this book as I thought it would be about our future success in life is predetermined from an early age. Instead, the book reveals how we can develop better self-control skills by cooling down our 'hot' impulsive reactions. There's hope for me (and my hothead firstborn) after all! Will definitely be implementing these insights into my own life.

  • By Guest on 7 April 2017

    That is a famous scientist book about habits of willpower people. We can see that willpower is like a muscle that we could train to be successful and slim.

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