deferred gratification

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deferred gratification

the conscious postponement of immediate emotional satisfaction in order to achieve longer-term goals. Such an orientation to longer-term goals is, for example, sometimes seen as an important dimension of educational achievement (see Bernstein, 1971).
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Temptations are by definition hard to resist, but for those who manage to delay gratification for any period of time can expect superior financial outcomes than those who are not able to as the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment demonstrated.
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In the '60s, Stanford professor Walter Mischel conducted a study that would eventually be known as the marshmallow experiment.
The video is modeled after the Stanford University marshmallow experiment, a series of studies on delayed gratification where a child is offered a small reward up front, or a bigger one if they wait 15 minutes.