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How impulsive are you?

I never know how to answer this question. I suppose I’m half and half? On the one hand, I am VERY tempted by candy at the check out register. On the other, I need to know in advance about plans or I am a cranky Shenny indeed.

The NYT relates a study in which preschoolers were offered a choice, one marshmallow now, or two marshmallows later. Those who had better impulse control and waited went on to have a bunch of better outcomes.

Of course, one could make a case that ‘doing better in school’ indicates an obedient and less creative mind.

Whether or not I took the marshmallow would probably depend on my age and how long it had been since I last got to have something sweet. These days I would wait. Can I have a book while I wait? Watching the damn marshmallow with no other distraction would be really tough.

Photo: Anniina Rutanen

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