Sunday, March 31, 2013 2 Comments
Peeping at the gap between impulse & action
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Part of The Challenges Inventory™ Series
The Marshmallow Study
No, he didn’t use Peeps, either like the ones in the photo above OR those in the Easter Basket that I couldn’t resist as I drafted this article, but the well-known longevity study of the relationship between self-control and life-success, initiated by Walter Mischel in the late 1960s, is often referred to as “the marshmallow experiment” or the marshmallow study.
Why? Because marshmallows were one of the treats that were used to test the ability of preschoolers to delay immediate gratification in anticipation of a greater reward.
Additional research with the original participants examined how well a preschool ability to delay gratification predicted the development of self-control over the life span.
It also examined how closely self-control related to successful outcomes in a variety of the venues of life.