Friday, June 25, 2010


I'm sure some of my readers already know this excellent article in The New Yorker by Jonah Lehrer: Don't! The secret of self-control.  It is about the importance of delayed satisfaction and explains why kids who manage to resist the temptation of a marshmallow at age 4 tend to score two hundred and ten more points in S.A.T.

I have been thinking whether adults will benefit from delayed frustration/disappointment/anger/judgment as kids will benefit from delayed satisfaction. True, life is not perfect. But, I don't know, would it make any difference if we can delay our feeling for say 30 minutes?

Even the almighty sun has its own ups and downs.

When I'm down and troubled, I'll turn to Bach for some comfort.  Let's see if this works for you.


gweipo said...

bach, but then the cello suites...

W said...

Yes, of course. Me too love the cello suites. I also love the Art of Fugue, the Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV-1 to BWV-forever.

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