The dark side of self-control

Michail Kokkoris, Olga Stavrova

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An ability to override short-term impulses that conflict with long-term goals is a hallmark of successful people. But is resisting temptation always beneficial? A small but growing body of research has begun to illuminate a dark side of self-control. Self-control can restrict emotional experiences. It can lead to long-term regret. It can lead to burnout. It can lead to ethical transgressions and discrimination. Self-control is an important tactic for reaching one’s goals. However, instead of treating self-control as the sole determinant of happiness and success, we need to view it in the broader context of the self in a more holistic way. [824 words]
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalHarvard Business Review
Issue numberJanuary 16
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2020


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