COULD EMOTIONS BE THE KEY TO SELF-CONTROL?
Looking at our feelings/emotions as pre-verbal, embodied information about the self and the environment that may help us better understand (and control) our thoughts and actions.
We know that people who meditate do better on tasks that require self-control… “[The study] results suggest that willpower or self-control may be sharpest in people who are sensitive and open to their own emotional experiences. Willpower, in other words, may relate to ‘emotional intelligence’,” said Michael Inzlicht, associate professor of psychology at UTSC. He co-authored the paper with PhD student Rimma Teper.
Most meditation traditions emphasize two major practices: awareness of the present moment, and acceptance of emotional states. It was possible that the practice of maintaining awareness of the moment strengthened executive control. But Teper and Inzlicht suspected emotional acceptance played a bigger role.
Meditators more aware of ‘uh-oh’ moments. Futurity.
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