According to a fascinating experiment published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, just one act of self-control depletes your ability to have self-control in another unrelated area.

For example, when subjects were told not to eat chocolates sitting right in front of them, their persistence in puzzle solving deteriorated. When they were told to suppress an emotional reaction to a movie, they had problems solving a solvable anagram.

The list goes on and on.

The take home is that we all have a limited capacity for conscious self-control. (No wonder it is so hard to stay away from the chocolate chip cookies!).

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