Delayed Gratification Essay

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EF International Language School

Psychology

The relation between being introvert and choosing delayed gratification.

Author: Teacher:
Sina Gertsch Alex Rugens

10th February 2017
Word count: 1448 words

Introduction 3
Literature Review 3
Methodology 4
Participants 4
Material 4
Procedure 4
Results 5
Discussion 6
References 7
Appendices 8
Questionnaire example 8

Introduction How are humans capable to control themselves and their urges? This question has psy-chologists wondering for centuries. How do we decide if we want to spend our money on something or rather save it to spend it later on something else? What makes us wait for a re-ward rather than receiving instant gratification? Several studies have been
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My hypothesis, that the more introvert a person is the higher would the tendency towards choosing delayed over instant gratification be, could not be prov-en, as shown in Figure 1. Applying Spearman’s rank correlation on my results confirmed the zero correlation between introversion and choosing delayed gratification, thus, the null hy-pothesis holds true. It seems that introversion, or the lack of it, does not impact a human’s choice of gratification. It has to be considered, that the sample of this research was rather small, as only 3% of the population at EF Oxford took part in it. Furthermore, the use of a rather simplistic test to determine participant’s introversion by McCroskey (1998) and the change of question in Hoeger’s Gratification Inventory (2006) might have had a negative im-pact on the accuracy of the conducted research. The majority of participants scored results in the moderate range of the Introversion Scale (scores: 24 – 48) and only few tended towards extreme extroversion (scores: 12 – 23) while no participant showed signs of being highly in-troverted (scores: 49 – 60). Similarly, participants’ results of the gratification tended to be rather balanced around 55% tendency towards delayed gratification with one participant breaking out and scoring 71%, while a few other candidates showed a score of 41% and 42% on the other end of the

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