This article observes self-control, how it may be accomplished, and how it affects other things in one’s life. Specifically, the article begins by citing a longitudinal study where preschoolers were tested for self-control. Those that passed the test and showed signs of strong self-control were then far more likely to be successful academically, have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI), and earn more money. However, the article goes on to stipulate that the results of this study were not a predictor, and that children could still be taught to have better self-control. One of the primary ways that people learned to have better self-control is to counter “Hot” emotions such as desire with “Cool” emotions such as disgust in an attempt to bring themselves to equilibrium.
This bares a close relationship to how IMT and KSM view control. Having self-control is a left sided trait, which correlates with more money, better fitness, and academic success later in life. Furthermore, since a person can only control themselves, it logically follows that a person’s ability to do that would be a significant factor in determining their future. However, the portion that goes over learning better self-control slightly differs from the IMT view. While a type A person who is aware of themselves would be able to counter the “Hot” and “Cool” emotions, a type C person who processes more slowly, and is already less likely to have self-control, would be unable to have such control over their emotions: thus, not giving them an effective method to gain self-control.