Sarah T sent me a really interesting radio lab piece that talks about the difficulty of holding onto will power when under mental stress. Follow the link below to listen:
I wish that more theory was presented on how to overcome the emotional battalion within us. It seems like the odds are stacked up against rationality. A few weeks back I learned about confirmation bias, the tendency to enter into a situation and be blinded to evidence which counters your original perception. And then there’s cognitive dissonance where we rationalize uncomfortable situations, sometimes unjustifiably so, in order to try and maintain mental stability.
And now this.
Now the rational brain can be defeated with nothing more complex than a phone number.
Though in this particular case, where fruit is presented opposite chocolate cake, perhaps we should take comfort* in the words of Renaissance writer Michel De Montaigne: “There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.”
*cognitive dissonance anyone?