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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Temptation:Do you think you could wait?

I found a very interesting and cute video on Vimeo today. It involves some children and some adults. I believe the adults are involved in psychological research. In this case they are trying to determine whether or not children can deal with temptation:
I hope you enjoy this *S*. I wonder how many adults who watch this video could avoid the temptation of eating one marsh mellow in order to get a second  one (so that he or she could have two marshmellows to eat? . Before you watch the video, try and make a guess as to whether you think any of these children will avoid the tempation  they are given. I tried to post this video here however there seems to be a problem with it. Please visit the following website  to watch the video and then return:
http://vimeo.com/5239013

Warning:You may have a problem viewing the video if you are using the Microsoft Internet Explorer 64-bit program. In order to view it you will have to use a 32-bit version of Internet Explorer.

According to what I remember from my College Psychology courses, resisting temptation is one of the hardest things in life  we humans have to deal with on a daily basis. The more you think about being tempted to do something, the more you will likely do this thing which is tempting you. Giving into a  temptation will give you a payoff, in the video above of course this means the child will get to eat the marsh mellow in front of him or her.

Lastly, I found an interesting article about the psychology of temptation which you might now want to read. In this article the author talks about an experiment similar to one in the video which involved children. Here is the link to it:

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/getArticle.cfm?id=2452 



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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed



Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia



A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed



Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -



Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.