More on the “marshmallow test”

from Maia Szalavitz: ...So, what determines which children will fall among the lucky 25% who can successfully resist the marshmallow? Is it an inherited genetic advantage that produces greater impulse control? Is delaying gratification a learned behavior? Or could children be making conscious choices about this specific task based on similar prior experiences — involving adults who promise better rewards later — of whether waiting really pays off?Researchers led by Celeste Kidd at the Uni … [Read more...]

Ask Maia Szalavitz stuff!

new feature at The Fix: Welcome to my first “Ask Maia” column, in which I shall attempt to answer your questions and other matters drug related. I especially hope to answer personal questions about specific addictions—so bring on your problems. more … [Read more...]

“We Had to Torture the Children in Order to Save Them”

I write about abusive teen-treatment centers, for AmCon. … [Read more...]

“What You Don’t Know About Recovery–And Don’t Want to”

by the invaluable Maia Szalavitz: Indeed, the data on recovery reveal that many people don’t actually quit when their problem is at its worst because intense stress itself is a strong predictor of ongoing addiction and relapse. Hope and a sense of possibility—in other words, moments of renewal rather than fear—bring change at least as often, and possibly more frequently. more … [Read more...]


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