October 29th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

What the marshmallow test says about self-control

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Fifty years ago, a groundbreaking psychological experiment was conducted on preschoolers. It went something like this: The youngsters were put in a room where a marshmallow sat on a tray. They were told they could eat that one marshmallow immediately, or if they waited they would get a bigger reward: two marshmallows. So what did the kids do? What would you do? And what does the ability to wait mean for future success?

A lot, apparently. Fareed speaks with Walter Mischel, who was the brains behind this marshmallow experiment and has a new book out called The Marshmallow Test.

Watch the video for the full interview.

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  1. Blue Saffron

    If I faced that situation, I would wait and have the two instead of the one marshmallow.

    October 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm |
    • Blue Saffron

      Again. I repeat.

      People know that you don’t have the brain power to debate with me or post comments that pass the laugh test. You can pose as me but you won’t get far. That is my challenge to you. Now put your tail between your legs and run.

      I am now a permanent feature in these forums. You will live in my shadow.

      October 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm |
  2. banasy©

    Self-control is a good thing. More people should practice it.

    October 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Two judges from a small county happen to be stopped for speeding on the same day. They agree that there's no point in calling the state Supreme Court for a visiting judge; they'll just go ahead and hear each others' case.

      The next morning, one judge takes the bench, the other sits at counsel table. The first judge admits he's guilty, and the second judge suspends the fine and court costs for him.

      They then switch places, the second judge pleads guilty as well, but the other judge fines him $200 plus all court costs.

      The second judge is exceedingly upset: "I suspended your fine and costs and you go and give me the maximum!"

      The first judge responds: "Well, look at the increase we've just had for this crime. SOMEBODY has to do something about it!"

      I;m sorry, I have no self control when it come to this.

      October 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
      • banasy©

        This lack of self-control is always welcome, dearest.
        Humor should never be limited.

        October 30, 2014 at 8:23 pm |
  3. chri§§y

    Lol @ bobcat, im so sorry i missed this funny yesterday! I only made it thru one thread and was thoroughly disgusted and logged off because i figured the rest were probably just as bad! Lmao

    October 31, 2014 at 12:28 pm |
  4. bobcat2u

    Top Signs That You're Too Old to Trick or Treat ...

    10. You get winded from knocking on the door.

    9. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you.

    8. You ask for high fiber candy only.

    7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.

    6. People say, "What a scary mask!" but you're not wearing a mask!

    5. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or..." and can't remember the rest.

    4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.

    3. You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece.

    2. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.

    and last but not least...

    1. You avoid going to houses where your ex-wives live.

    October 31, 2014 at 2:02 pm |
    • banasy©

      Happy Halloween, Rawr.

      It is currently 35 degrees, sleeting/snowing, windy, with 60 mph gusts. It's not going to be a busy T or T night.

      🎃 👻

      October 31, 2014 at 6:29 pm |
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