Friday, October 15, 2010

Need a study break? Think again.

A new study has shown that your willpower is linked to how you think willpower works.
In essence, your perceptions and beliefs are far more powerful than you realize.

The study split students into two groups - one was told that willpower was a 'limited resource' that you needed to replenish with rest/breaks from the task at hand, and the other was told that willpower was inexhaustible.

Those who were told that willpower was limited ended up procrastinating 35% more on demanding tasks, and ate 24% more junk food. Those who were told that willpower was unlimited ended up powering through tasks and procrastinated far less.

Just think about it. Apparently was have an inexhaustible supply of mental effort on call. That's pretty impressive, and it has implications for addiction and obesity treatments.


  1. That explains why I work hard...I've always believed that willpower will take you a long ways.

  2. Great post! I really like studies like this. It is amazing what people can do when they just put their minds to it. It is also amazing to see how lazy some of us are (myself included).