The restraint bias: how the illusion of self-restraint promotes impulsive behavior

    Psychological science, Volume 20, Issue 12, 2009, Pages 1523-1528.

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    self control

    Abstract:

    Four studies examined how impulse-control beliefs—beliefs regarding one's ability to regulate visceral impulses, such as hunger, drug craving, and sexual arous- al—influence the self-control process. The findings provide evidence for a restraint bias: a tendency for people to overestimate their capacity for impulse control. This bi- ased ...More

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