Monday, January 28
Stephanie, Ross, Dylan, and Jed
As we see in the famous classical story of Ulysses and the Sirens, self control sometimes can be maintained successfully only when we’ve lashed ourselves to the mast, effectively forcing ourselves not to succumb to temptation. This topic will focus on the difficulties we have maintaining self control in the present even when we understand it is necessary in order to care for ourselves in the future (i.e. overeating, undersaving). We will look at the tricks we play on ourselves to make ourselves think we are doing better than we are (ex: hundred calorie snacks).
- Moffitt, T. E. et al. “A gradient of childhood self-control predicts health, wealth, and public safety.” Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 108, 2693–2698 (2011).
- Holmes, Jamie. “Why Can’t More Poor People Escape Poverty?” The New Republic. Chris Hughes, 6 June 2011. Web. 19 Jan. 2013.
- Ariely, D., Wertenbroch, K. (2002). Procrastination, Deadlines, and Performance: Self-Control by Precommitment. Psychological Science, 13(3), 219-224. http://people.duke.edu/~dandan/Papers/PI/deadlines.pdf
- Breaking Bad, Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot,” where Walt White decides to be drug dealer rather than ask to borrow money from others for his chemo treatments. [TV show]
- Junot Diaz, “The Cheater’s Guide to Love,” New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2012/07/23/120723fi_fiction_diaz and in This Is How You Lose Her. RESERVE
- Goldstein, D. (November 2011). Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self [Video file]. http://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_goldstein_the_battle_between_your_present_and_future_self.html
Reading Response Instructions:
Your initial Reading Response Comment should answer these three questions for at least two of the five posted readings:
- What did you learn in this reading? or, After reading this text, what are you inspired to learn more about?
- What questions do you have about this reading?
- What is a well-formed question about or related to this reading that you would like us to ask Professors Dan and Cathy?