The Effect Of Self- Control On Children

2077 Words Aug 6th, 2015 9 Pages
An experiment that explores the self- control in children. A way to test one’s willpower and the willingness to delay gratification in order to achieve a higher goal. These statements all fit into what Walter Mischel was trying to prove in his “Marshmallow Test.” This experiment was based on the effect marshmallows and other sweets have on children and their willpower when it comes to waiting to have it. With this purpose, the view of human nature that is felt presently, will change profoundly. The key to success comes from direct correlation of self-control and willpower because after all, “self- control is a central function of [understanding] the self” (Baumeister). Walter Mischel was a psychologist who focused on “personality structure, process, and development, and in self-regulation” (Plous). His primary interests, when looking at his studies, all include the relation to the mind, and its effect on action. They consist of emotion, mood, motivation, goal setting, self and identity, and social cognition (Plous). The fact that his studies all relate to each other, gives an advantage when creating an experiment. The advantage is the fact that he will be comfortable with what is being studied and the results that come in. With the background of looking at goal setting and motivation that he has, it gives this experiment more credibility as a whole. The test was put in place to be made toward kids and their reactions when it comes to having “a plate of treats such as…
Open Document