The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control Audiobook, by Walter Mischel Play Audiobook Sample

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control Audiobook

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control Audiobook, by Walter Mischel Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Alan Alda Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781469249070

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25:23 minutes

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11:39 minutes

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16:55 minutes

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Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it.

A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. What will she do? And what are the implications for her behavior later in life?

The world's leading expert on self-control, Walter Mischel has proven that the ability to delay gratification is critical for a successful life, predicting higher SAT scores, better social and cognitive functioning, a healthier lifestyle and a greater sense of self-worth. But is willpower prewired, or can it be taught?

In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life—from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

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“Walter Mischel is one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century, and The Marshmallow Test will make him one of the most influential in this century, too. Thanks in no small part to his groundbreaking (and viral) findings, we know that self-control is among the most important contributors to human flourishing and that, though its biological roots run deep, it can be dramatically enhanced in individuals and societies. Here we have the maestro himself explain the science and its implications­—wisely, accessibly, and humanely.”

— Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature 


  • “The discoveries that grew out of the marshmallow studies add up to one of the most insightful research stories in the history of psychology. Whatever it is now, your view of human nature will change profoundly as you read this brilliant book.”

    — Daniel Kahneman, New York Times bestselling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow
  • “Fast paced and engaging…An encouraging reminder that, despite all the factors that urge us to indulge…you are ultimately in control of yourself.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • “A fascinating read… In crisp, clear English he explains the latest research and helps readers understand better the surprising results of one the most well-known psychological experiments of all time.”

    — Economist (London)
  • “A tour de force…It is to be hoped that this book will make [Mischel] as much of a household name as his marshmallows are.”

    — Times Higher Education (London)
  • “Mischel…shares the culmination of over fifty years of research on willpower and self-control in this expansive, eye-opening book…To be human is to grapple with the will: this stimulating book encourages us to make mindful decisions.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Mischel argues that our ability to voluntarily exercise self-restraint in pursuit of that just-got-to-have-it desire provides children with a powerful tool that can help them succeed later in life…No one will deny that self-control would make for a better planet, and this cogent guide suggests paths that may lead us to more conscious control of this desirable quality.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Alan Alda’s relaxed performance makes it easy to pay attention to and digest this discussion on the importance of delayed gratification…It’s pure listening pleasure to hear Alda’s familiar voice and authentic engagement with this important book…Offering promising evidence that life-draining impulsivity can be replaced by more thoughtful decision making, this is an accessible collection of brain science and behavioral strategies that can help us improve this critical life skill. A finalist for the 2015 Audie Award.”

    — AudioFile
  • “A fascinating book. It is such an addictive treat that I had no self-control in reading it, until I understood that I could actually improve my self-control, and from then on I was in marshmallow heaven. Stimulating, fun, clear, lively, and drawn from rigorous studies. It’s not only accessible, but very convincing. Seriously, I love it.”

    — Alan Alda, six-time Emmy Award–winning actor
  • “This is an amazing—eye-opening, transformative, riveting—book from one of the greatest psychologists of our time. Mischel delivers the powerful message that self-control can be enhanced and shows us how!”

    — Carol S. Dweck, professor of psychology, Stanford University, author of Mindset


  • Finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Judges' Award for Best Science & Technology Narration

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About Walter Mischel

Walter Mischel holds the Robert Johnston Niven chair as professor of humane letters in psychology at Columbia University. He is the author of more than two hundred scientific papers as well as the coauthor of Introduction to Personality, now in its eighth edition. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of APA and the Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. He lives in New York.

About Alan Alda

Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he played Hawkeye Pierce for eleven years in the television series M*A*S*H and has acted in, written, and directed many feature films. He has starred often on Broadway, and his avid interest in science has led to his hosting PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 and has been nominated for thirty Emmy awards.