There is an interesting experiment which highlights a child’s ability for self -control.
It works for 6-9 year olds I would say.
This is the format.
One marshmallow on the table. The child is told theybmay have the marshmallow, but that if they wait for you to come back, and they haven’t eaten it, they can have another marshmallow (two all together).
They must sit at the table, about 15 minutes.
This is a good experiment to find indications of levels of self control.
That night I downloaded the X-files. I watched 6 episodes. It’s a Saturday, I said.
Sunday is the day I set for starting my essay. Sunday morning, I downloaded 4 more X-files episodes.
I was doing some preliminary reading for my essay when my mind started to wander. I could watch an episode now. It’s Sunday. Monday is more of a work day.
Then it struck me: the marshmallow test can be done on adults.
How often do you fail your own personal marshmallow test?
I think it helps if you hide the marshmallow in a place where you’ll forget about it and go do something. So your past self essentially abstains to pleasantly surprise your future self with double the bounty. That’s how I tend to roll. Or let food rot. 😆
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