Synopsis: This week on “Learn Me Something,” Aaron and Rich delve into the subject of willpower and the science behind it. Wait, there’s actual science behind the concept of willpower? Do you think you have willpower?

We have many common names for willpower: determination, drive, resolve, self-discipline, self-control. But psychologists characterize willpower, or self-control, in more specific ways. According to most psychological scientists, willpower can be defined as: the ability to delay gratification, resisting short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.The capacity to override an unwanted thought, feeling or impulse. The ability to employ a “cool” cognitive system of behavior rather than a “hot” emotional system.Conscious, effortful regulation of the self by the self.A limited resource capable of being depleted.


Duration: 1:05:00

Present: Aaron Stewart, Rich Plumb

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Download: Episode 56: Willpower