The Liberating Effects Of Losing Control

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 21:21 in Psychology & Sociology

Self-control is one of our most cherished values. But is it possible that willpower can sometimes be an obstacle rather than a means to happiness and harmony? A new study reveals that the volunteers lacking discipline and self-control found talking about race with a black interviewer much more enjoyable than did those with their self-control intact, presumably because they weren't working so hard at monitoring and curbing what they said.

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