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The marshmallow test : mastering self-control
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Mischel, Walter, author.
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Unabridged.
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Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, Inc., [2014]
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7 audio discs (7 hr., 59 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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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?

A psychologist known for a famous delayed-gratification test discusses whether willpower can be taught and offers tips and strategies for improving and mastering self-control and applying it to everyday challenges like losing weight, quitting smoking and overcoming heartbreak.
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9781469249063
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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 was born in Vienna, Austria on February 22, 1930. After his family fled the Nazis in 1938, they eventually settled in Brooklyn, New York in 1940. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology at New York University and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He joined the Harvard University faculty in 1962, the Stanford University faculty in 1977, and the Columbia University faculty in 1983.

He was best known for the marshmallow test, which challenged children to wait before eating a treat. This study of delayed gratification in young children clarified the importance of self-control in human development. His book, The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control, was published in 2014. He died from pancreatic cancer on September 12, 2018 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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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.