Effects Of Marshmallow

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How does your cognitive control, impulse control, and ability to use willpower affect your success in life? This is a question that many people have come around asking themselves recently. In 1968, Mr. Walter Mischel began to ask this question. In result, he began an experiment that may sound familiar, the marshmallow experiment. This test consist of taking nearly 600 four year old children and putting them in a small room barely bigger than a closet (Source 1). The children were then given an offer: they could have one marshmallow then or they could wait 15 minutes to have two. Most would think of this as an easy decision, however, once a child was left with the tempting marshmallow they soon began to realize it was difficult to wait the entire …show more content…
In result they conducted the same experiment; however; they gave the children two different encounters with an adult. One encounter consisted of an adult who followed through with the promise, the second consisted of an adult who did not. The children were then split in two different groups where they were allowed to make the decision of one or two marshmallows. The children who were given the unreliable adult failed to wait the entire 15 minutes, that is all but one anyways. The children who had the reliable adult, for the most part, were able to resist temptation and receive both marshmallows at the end of the fifteen minutes (Source 2). The results of this experiment cause some to think that it is possibly to what the child knows that determines their ability of delaying …show more content…
Impulse spending can determine if one can be successful or not. In today’s world it is easy to search the internet for anything that you could possibly want. For example: a young girl is visiting the Kylie Jenner website in search for one of the famous lip kits. The girl hits the refresh button right as the website is restocked and has the perfect opportunity to purchase her favorite style of the product, however, she is out of money. The girl then decides to overdraw her bank account to receive this product. This is an example of impulse spending, something that has caused many to come into debt. According to an article written by Gregory Karp, a study done at the University of Minnesota has created a theory on willpower. This theory states, “we only have a limited amount of willpower to tell ourselves no.” (Source 4). In attempt to help keep those who participate in impulse spending from doing so, it might be wise to help announce tricks such as:staying clear from triggers, monitoring mood swings, and keeping an eye on the prize (Source 4). Doing so can allow those to better enhance the success in

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