Overcoming willpower fails
Can’t control your spending?
Don’t blame your weak willpower.
Blame your wrong-headed idea of what willpower is.
Academics from Stanford University and the University of Zurich found something strange about people.
Those who believed willpower was ‘‘weakened’’ by use were more likely to binge eat, binge on TV, and binge spend.
While those who believed willpower was not were less likely to fall into a cycle of self-denial followed by splurge.
The old accepted theory was that willpower was depleted by use, a bit like a person getting tired during running a foot race. After willpower had been exerted, it needed a jolly good rest to recover.
Worse, self-restraint was followed by that tendency to overindulge. Using your willpower could be dangerous!
But if the US-Swiss academics are right, and willpower is more