More confidence and resilience
It was not until years after the experiment that Mischel discovered new findings. Children who were able to influence their perception, to control their self-control and thus have the patience to wait, managed to control themselves better in adulthood. Compared to the children who reached for the treat within a very short time, they were able to demonstrate a better developed self-confidence. A higher level of social competence and resistance to stress were also shown to be beneficial. The ability to postpone rewards was also clearly evident in the way the children lived their lives.
In his findings, Mischel states that willpower is considered a key competence and is causally related to emotional competence. From this he concludes that self-control is of fundamental importance for socially adapted action. By controlling our perception, we also improve our self-control, but the right mediocrity is of great importance here. Too much as well as too little control can be challenging. But where are the sources of a better willpower? Can this be learned or is it even genetically determined? Mischel answers these questions with the fact that people are definitely capable of adopting various strategies for improving self-control.
There is always the possibility of change
"" The part of the brain that is in front, directly behind the forehead. This is where the imagination, the impulse control and the ability to imagine the future sit. I call this the Cool System. Unlike the Hot System, it is not reflexive, but reflective. It allows us to solve problems differently instead of just reacting reflexively. ""