Thursday, June 25, 2015

Willpower as a limited resource...I had my doubts

The idea of willpower as a limited resource (i.e the idea that it can get depleted through overuse) hasn't sat quite right with me. A personal, as yet unpublished study using a sample size of 1 (myself) pretty much refuted the idea. In the experiment, I tried to change about 7 or 8 habits at once. I didn't fully succeed but there was no real sign of willpower fatigue over the 30 day duration of the trial. But the sample size was small and maybe I'm just different? This may be the case but it looks like some researchers are finding similar results that go against the grain.

Hat tip to Tim Harford for tweeting the link.

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