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Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self

Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self

(The Atlantic) New research suggests that self-control is essentially the same skill as empathy. Whereas empathy is your ability to appreciate the perspective and situation of another person, self-control is the ability to appreciate the perspective of your future self. This piece by Ed Yong published in The Atlantic gives a great overview of the research leading to this insight – from the classic ‘Marshmallow Test’ to a recent study by Alexander Soutschek (University of Zurich).

 


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