Self Control Or Impulse Control Essay

1091 Words Apr 14th, 2016 null Page
Self-control or impulse control is a part of everyday life. Resisting the urges to act on what one’s brain or instincts might be egging them on to do has become something of a normality, for in today’s society these actions have been deemed not socially acceptable. This sense of self-control is one thing that can used to determine one’s intelligence. Whether it be from keeping calm in a pressure situation, desperately attempting to avoid the temptations the mind sets, or even simply doing what is right instead of what you may want to do instead. Upon successfully exercising one’s self-control, it may become more evident that those who are able to properly refuse to indulge their senses and properly use self-control may be those who are more intellectually gifted.
Self-control is by no means an easy thing to master. We learn from our mistakes and, for the most part, gain a respectable amount of control over our thought and senses, however Walter Mischel in the late 1960’s decided to test the self-control of children whose ages ranged from 3 years, 6 months old to 5 years, 8 months old with a median age of 4 years, 7 months. In Mischel’s experiment he took 4 boys and 4 girls, and had 2 male experimenters who divvied the children up evenly, 2 of each sex a piece. The experimenters 1 by one took the children into another room and placed a marshmallow on the table, then explained to the children that they, the experimenter, were going to leave the room, only to return after a…

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