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The marshmallow experiment is a famous test of this concept conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford University and discussed by Daniel Goleman in his popular work.

In the 1960s, a group of four-year olds were given a marshmallow and promised another, only if they could wait 20 minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait and others could not. The researchers then followed the progress of each child into adolescence, and demonstrated that those with the ability to wait were better adjusted and more dependable (determined via surveys of their parents and teachers), and scored an average of 210 points higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

(Quick note: not being able to wait doesn’t make you a bad person either, lol. You just know what areas to work on, that’s all. Feedback!)

  1. mrsnookiluv reblogged this from fitvillains and added:
    This is like the funniest and cutest thing I’ve ever seen :)
  2. greatescapes22 said: Did any of them refuse to eat the marshmallow? I don’t like them. Am I maladjusted? :)
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