Cover image for The marshmallow test : mastering self-control
Title:
The marshmallow test : mastering self-control
Author:
Mischel, Walter, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2014]
Physical Description:
viii, 326 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
Psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the well-known Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it.

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? He explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life, and changes the way you think about who we are and what we can be.
Language:
English
Contents:
Delay ability : enabling self-control. In Stanford University's Surprise Room ; How they do it ; Thinking hot and cool ; The roots of self-control ; The best-laid plans ; Idle grasshoppers and busy ants ; Is it prewired? The new genetics -- From marshmallows in pre-K to money in 401(k). The engine of success : "I think I can!" ; Your future self ; Beyond the here and now ; Protecting the hurt self : self-distancing ; Cooling painful emotions ; The psychological immune system ; When smart people act stupid ; If-Then signatures of personality ; The paralyzed will ; Will fatigue -- From lab to life. Marshmallows and public policy l Applying core strategies ; Human nature.
ISBN:
9780316230872
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Central Library BF632 .M57 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Searching...
Elma Library BF632 .M57 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Audubon Library BF632 .M57 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Crane Branch Library BF632 .M57 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Kenmore Library BF632 .M57 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Lancaster Library BF632 .M57 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Orchard Park Library BF632 .M57 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library BF632 .M57 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...
Williamsville Library BF632 .M57 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

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.




Author Notes

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.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mischel, the renowned psychologist behind the now-famous marshmallow tests of the 1960s, shares the culmination of over 50 years of research on willpower and self-control in this expansive, eye-opening book. The test was simple (a choice of one marshmallow now or two later on provided the means to quantify willpower), yet the results predicted future successes and failures, such that those with self-control as children displayed similar restraint as adults. In addition to an overview of the original longitudinal study, we are given insight into the history and physiology of self-control, its manifestations and its mastery. But, somewhat surprisingly, this book is largely about the ways in which self-control can be learned at any stage in life. Indeed "marshmallows" can take on many forms, as Mischel demonstrates through case studies and more contemporary tests. All of the anecdotes here, not to mention the entire chapter on practical applications, provide insight into how we can maximize our willpower-without overextending its potential. Mischel's expansive scope makes the title somewhat of a misnomer, as the book covers more than a matter of his initial experiments. To be human is to grapple with the will: this stimulating book encourages us to make mindful decisions. Agent: John Brockman, Brockman Inc. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

World-renowned psychologist Mischel's (Niven Professor of Humane Letters in Psychology, Columbia Univ.; coauthor, Introduction to Personality) latest work on self-control answers questions such as: Why do smart people do dumb things? Through a series of experiments (including the famed Marshmallow Test) conducted in a variety of settings, Mischel discovered that self-control can take different forms depending on the person. How can a politician have the self-discipline to make it through law school but give in to the temptation of a White House intern? According to Mischel, "self-control is an ability that can or cannot be used depending on motivation to use it." So how do we gain more of this ability, and why should we? Mischel lays out techniques such as if-then plans, self-distancing, and systematic desensitization as ways to delay gratification. Those who exhibited more self-control in the Marshmallow Test showed better quality of life later, including higher test scores, better social functioning, and lower BMI. However, Mischel warns that "a life lived with too much delay of gratification can be as sad as one without enough of it." VERDICT An excellent read on the latest developments in self-control, this title is highly recommended for those of us who struggle with discipline-i.e., everyone! [See Prepub Alert, 3/31/14.]-Jill Morningstar, Michigan State Univ. Libs., East Lansing (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Part I Delay Ability: Enabling Self-Control
1 In Stanford University's Surprise Roomp. 13
2 How They Do Itp. 28
3 Thinking Hot and Coolp. 43
4 The Roots of Self-Controlp. 51
5 The Best-Laid Plansp. 61
6 Idle Grasshoppers and Busy Antsp. 70
7 Is It Prewired? The New Geneticsp. 79
Part II From Marshmallows in Pre-K to Money in 401(k)
8 The Engine of Success: "I Think I Can!"p. 101
9 Your Future Selfp. 123
10 Beyond the Here and Nowp. 131
11 Protecting the Hurt Self: Self-Distancingp. 147
12 Cooling Painful Emotionsp. 158
13 The Psychological Immune Systemp. 169
14 When Smart People Act Stupidp. 187
15 If-Then Signatures of Personalityp. 195
16 The Paralyzed Willp. 206
17 Will Fatiguep. 215
Part III From Lab to Life
18 Marshmallows and Public Policyp. 233
19 Applying Core Strategiesp. 254
20 Human Naturep. 273
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
Notesp. 283
Indexp. 317

Google Preview