Caving in to Temptation – Research Says it’s Easy

Reminds me of the words from an old Rich Mullins song — “We are not as strong as we think we are.”  Or, as Paul wrote,  “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” (Gal. 6:1)

Loran Nordgren, a senior lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, has discovered that people are not nearly as capable of resisting temptation as they think they are. “People are not good at anticipating the power of their urges,” she says. What’s more, “Those who are the most confident about their self-control are the most likely to give into temptation.”

Nordgren’s research finds suggests that because people believe they are capable of resisting temptation, they regularly put themselves in compromising situations they don’t have the strength to endure—whether dieters visiting a dessert buffet or married men having drinks with an old fling. Worse yet, these cavalier temptation facers are likely to look down on others for their weak wills. “They take a very dim view of other people who act impulsively, because they have this belief that they themselves wouldn’t act this way.”

(Via Out of Ur)

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