Science of Self-Control

ISBN-10: 0674013573

ISBN-13: 9780674013575

Edition: 2000

Authors: Howard Rachlin
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Description: This book proposes a new science of self-control based on the principles of behavioral psychology and economics. Claiming that insight and self-knowledge are insufficient for controlling one's behavior, Howard Rachlin argues that the only way to achieve such control--and ultimately happiness--is through the development of harmonious patterns of behavior. Most personal problems with self-control arise because people have difficulty delaying immediate gratification for a better future reward. The alcoholic prefers to drink now. If she is feeling good, a drink will make her feel better. If she is feeling bad, a drink will make her feel better. The problem is that drinking will eventually make her feel worse. This sequence--the consistent choice of a highly valued particular act (such as having a drink or a smoke) that leads to a low-valued pattern of acts--is called "the primrose path." To avoid it, the author presents a strategy of "soft commitment," consisting of the development of valuable patterns of behavior that bridge over individual temptations. He also proposes, from economics, the concept of the substitutability of "positive addictions," such as social activity or exercise, for "negative addictions," such as drug abuse or overeating. Self-control may be seen as the interaction with one's own future self. Howard Rachlin shows that indeed the value of the whole--of one's whole life--is far greater than the sum of the values of its individual parts.

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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.18" wide x 9.17" long x 0.62" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Howard Rachlin is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, at Stony Brook University.

Introduction
Habit and Willpower
Simple Ambivalence
Complex Ambivalence
The Lonely Addict
Soft Commitment
Rules and Probability
Self-Control and Social Cooperation
Notes
References
Index
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