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Waking up earlier, saving for a down payment on a house, learning a foreign language – no matter the goal you have in mind, your brain will do its best to sabotage it. Things may go smoothly for a week or two, but before you know it, you’re pressing snooze, spending your hard-earned cash on takeout and watching Netflix again. But does it have to be this way? New York magazine writer Jeff Wise reveals research into self-control that may change your life. Dive into psychological studies and concrete suggestions to achieve your dreams. getAbstract advises anyone who feels stuck to let Wise’s wisdom move you forward.

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Jeff Wise is a magazine writer based in New York and author of Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger.



Everyone knows this feeling: You want to slim down, but that ice cream just looks too good; you need to save money, but you blow it on a fancy vacation; you want to get in shape, but you sit around on the couch all day. People aren’t so great at making good choices, despite good intentions. But why is this? Scientists don’t know for sure, but they have some ideas.

One classic study comes from researcher George Ainslie. In the 1960s, Ainslie studied how pigeons “chose between options that were near or far in time.” In his experiment, he offered birds a choice: They could have a small amount...

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