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Why do we lack willpower? (July 19 & 23)


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This week on Strange Animal we're asking, "Why is temptation so tempting and our willpower so powerless?"

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist at Stanford University in California. She writes a blog for Psychology Today called, The Science of Willpower. When it comes to controlling your self-control, she knows what works and what doesn't.

Recent research has shown that willpower works a lot like a muscle and can wear down with use. Tim Pychyl explains what this means for exercising your self-control.

Mike O'Brien takes to the streets to discover your greatest willpower challenges.

In this week's Strange Animal experiment, Mike tests whether it's really possible to wear out your willpower.

Do we have a deal for you!  We'll give you a marshmallow. You can eat it now. But if you're willing to wait 15 minutes,  we'll give you two marshmallows. Now imagine that you're just four years old. What would you choose?  Mike talks to psychologist Dave Walsh about the iconic marshmallow test and how that test can predict your child's success in life. David Walsh is the author of No: Why Kids-of All Ages-Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It.

 Take a look at some of these kids' strategies for resisting eating that marshmallow.



To listen to the willpower episode just press play! Or you can download the podcast here, or from iTunes.


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