Self control often means trading the instant gratification of an immediate objective for a secondary long term desire. It’s a way of managing competing self interests (eat cake/lose weight), a coping mechanism with adaptive advantages. But self control doesn’t come free,Studies have demonstrated that self control depletion results in impaired inhibition and results in people making less than optimal choices, everything from gambling more and giving up quicker when solving an intractable problem. Like in every part of life there is a trade-off,; achieving temporary self control means losing some of it later on.
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