Discussion: Willpower


Post Discussion: Willpower
Is willpower (i.e., ego control) a finite or infinite resource? Many peoples understanding is that willpower is finite. Like being physically tired, we can get tired of using our willpower and be unable to self-regulate. However, other research suggests that if people are told that willpower is infinite, they show improvements in self-regulatory tasks. It seems that people might feel like they are owed a break for using their willpower, so they exert less effort than they otherwise could. Discuss willpower and what it means for your own ego control or self-regulation efforts.