• Thirty years ago psychologists mistakenly regarded cultivation of self-esteem as a panacea for personal problems and social ills.
  • Self-control, not self-esteem, turned out to be the real deal. The ability to regulate impulses and desires is key to living and working with others.
  • The dynamics of self-control are, in fact, quite complex. Willpower can be depleted through overuse as if it were a repository of energy.
  • Research on self-control is now extending in new directions to provide insight into the roots of addiction and how to combat it.



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