Self-control: Limited resources and extensive benefits

Jessica Alquist, Roy F. Baumeister

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Successful self-control has many benefits for individuals and society as a whole. Self-regulation relies on a limited resource. After one act of self-control, this resource is reduced, thereby impairing future acts of self-control. Self-control resources can be managed and conserved for future tasks. Recent research on perceived self-control (in the self and others), self-control in interpersonal interactions, and the physiological basis of the limited resource model point to promising areas for future self-control research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-423
Number of pages5
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012


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