The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control

by Walter Mischel

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The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control by Walter Mischel

Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it.

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?

In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and 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 you think about who we are and what we can be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316230872
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,232,869
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Walter Mischel holds the Robert Johnston Niven chair as professor of humane letters in psychology at Columbia University. He is the author of more than two hundred scientific papers as well as the coauthor of Introduction to Personality, now in its eighth edition. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of APA and the Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Part I Delay Ability: Enabling Self-Control

1 In Stanford University's Surprise Room 13

2 How They Do It 28

3 Thinking Hot and Cool 43

4 The Roots of Self-Control 51

5 The Best-Laid Plans 61

6 Idle Grasshoppers and Busy Ants 70

7 Is It Prewired? The New Genetics 79

Part II From Marshmallows in Pre-K to Money in 401(k)

8 The Engine of Success: "I Think I Can!" 101

9 Your Future Self 123

10 Beyond the Here and Now 131

11 Protecting the Hurt Self: Self-Distancing 147

12 Cooling Painful Emotions 158

13 The Psychological Immune System 169

14 When Smart People Act Stupid 187

15 If-Then Signatures of Personality 195

16 The Paralyzed Will 206

17 Will Fatigue 215

Part III From Lab to Life

18 Marshmallows and Public Policy 233

19 Applying Core Strategies 254

20 Human Nature 273

Acknowledgments 281

Notes 283

Index 317

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Mischel's renowned delay of gratification studies are so important and relevant in so many ways that the "marshmallow test" has permeated popular culture and been the foundation of a number of accessible books by other authors on emotional intelligence and executive function. As the originator of the ground-breaking research, he does a uniquely masterful job of illustrating the nuances of---exactly what is not at all obvious about---human self-control mechanisms that have been discovered in decades of his own and related work.   What is presented here is all that has come and what remains to be done to realize the full benefit of that work with respect to our own ability to master self-control.
DavidC3 More than 1 year ago
A truly fascinating and often humorous look at our need for immediate gratification in our youth and the skills we can learn throughout life which temper those needs to the benefit of reaching greater goals. A vastly entertaining read that is accessible to the lay public.  Dr. Mischel has done a masterful job in giving us a frank and realistic view of the research process and some well thought insight into what makes us human.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing how telling a simple test can be!  It's too bad that so many of the people who really need to read this book  will choose to play a video game or watch TV instead!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book simply blew me away. It gave a totally new perspective on how I eat,sleep,talk... it just took my mind and completly renewed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review is from: The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control (Hardcover) This book is worth reading. Don't wait. The author is touted as “one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century.” Rightly so. Walter Mischel is a well-regarded academician and his depth of understanding about deferred gratification is unparallelled. But better still--he writes authentically and personally. Reading this book feels like having a conversation with a very knowledgeable friend over a cup of morning coffee. "Lively and fun” is how the book, and the author, are described by the actor, Alan Alda, who wrote comments on the hard-cover jacket and clearly enjoyed reading Marshmallow Test as much as I did. I intend to give each of our three children a copy for Christmas this year. Maybe sooner.
BKLaw More than 1 year ago
This is a great read.  The tests are explained so any one can understand and the implications are amazing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviews lots of studies of self control with ideas for self improvement.
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I took Dr. Mischel's personality psychology class as an undergrad at Columbia. Like his lectures, this book is highly informative, erudite, but rather patronizing and dry. Mischel is a master of his field, but in his book and in person I found him lacking in certain interpersonal skills that would allow him to address his audience in a manner that is both relatable and engaging. Nevertheless, I do recommend the book for anyone who is curious about ideas such as self control, rejection sensitivity, "hot" vs "cold" emotional responses, and issues such as wealth inequality in this country.
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