Deep Dive: Self-Denial

A Thousand Things to Talk About
A Thousand Things to Talk About
Deep Dive: Self-Denial

Question: Do You Consider Self-Denial Inherently Good or Bad?

Self-Denial is undeniably a strong force in the human experience; the question is, is it a force that is good or bad? Or is it something else? What impacts does self-denial have on our experience of the world? Or could it, in fact, be what allows us to be human in the first place?

Show Notes & Linkage

Delay in Gratification in Children by Walter Mischel, Yuichi Shoda, Monica L. Rodriguez (PDF)

Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind by Ajit Varki and Danny Brower

Pando Daily: Poverty and the “Just World hypothesis” by Nathan Pensky

RationalWiki: Just world hypothesis

Give It Up, A Strategy for Combating Hedonic Adaptation by Jordi Ouoidbach and Elizabeth W. Dunn

XO Jane: My Body Is Wildly Undiciplined And I Deny Myself Nearly Everything I Desire by Roxane Gay

Running Head: Self Regulation and Choice by Kathleen D. Vohs, Roy F. Baumeister, Jean M. Twenge, Brandon J. Schmeichel, Dianne M. Tice, and Jennifer Crocker (PDF)

Inhibitory Spillover: Increased Urination Urgency Facilitates Impulse Control in Unrelated Domains by Mirjam A. Tuk, Debra Trampe, and Luk Warlop

Time Ideas Blog: Lent and the Science of Self-Denial by Jeffrey Kluger

Hilariously awesome video of a Stanford Marshmallow Experiment re-creation:

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