This title obviously has nothing to do with the motto rapper Drake has recently made famous, but it probably got your attention. My play on this motto has to do with a section in our book on page 391 dealing with learning the inhibition of impulses, also known as self-control. Some of us learned this at a very early age, while some of us still need some help with the concept. One researcher, Walter Mischel, has done studies with kids to test what he called "delay of gratification." He and his colleagues would leave a child alone with a cookie and a bell. They would explain that if the child could wait long enough, they would get a bigger reward such as two cookies instead of one. If they could not wait long enough, they could ring the bell and receive the cookie, or simply munch on the cookie and deal with consequences. What Mischel and his colleagues predicted was that if children could wait for the larger reward at the age of four, they could more easily handle frustration later in life. While Mischel's finding's don't necessarily prove that self-control at an early age means coping with frustration later in life is easier, it does serve as an early indicator of the capacity to restrain impulses which is rooted in frontal lobe function. In conclusion, if you were one of the kids who took the cookie right away and didn't display self-control as a four year old, don't worry. There's still hope for you learning some self-control soon enough.
YOLO: You only learn once
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