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.

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  1. Han Kim

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    Your argument is very valid but I would like to point out on the fact that control is a characteristics of right side/type C person. You think you can control yourself but in fact, we can not even control ourselves because there are natural laws known and unknown to us. We can only observe what we are at certain points and will not be able to actively shape our future. Fundamentally, we are bound by the natural laws so I believe that we do not have full control of ourselves.

  2. Saud Almutairi

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    As a Muslim, this article touches me deep. I was raised to practice self control methods. Self control is how achieved most of personal and professional goals. For example, with self control, I try get away from anything that is harmful to me or my follow human race. Knowing myself (body & mind) has helped me control my negative thoughts and fight against anything that is harmful to me.

  3. Conrad Nicoll

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    Personally, I feel like I am more type A with regards to recognizing my different emotions. I can usually perceive when I am feeling a certain way, and am getting better at controlling them. However, I never before considered these “hot” and “cool” emotions. I also do not completely understand, but perhaps I will understand more as I perceive more information.

  4. Honi St. Marie-Lloyd

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    I find this particular article very interesting because I have never thought of combating my “hot” emotions with “cool” emotions. I still do not completely understand how you would determine this or act this out. I understand that an individual controls themselves, but I do not understand how you would balance these different types of emotions. Perhaps I am being more Type C and need more time to perceive this topic.

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