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Dr. Inna Mertsalova

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How Gritty are You?

Grit or (firmness of character is the ability to persist in working toward goals. It is associated with all sorts of positive outcomes in life, from success in school to longevity on the job to steady personal relationships. It’s a trait that lends itself deliberate, long-term slogging toward an end. Gritty people bounce back after setbacks and try, try again. Grit and talent are slightly negatively correlated – perhaps because gritty people work a little harder in order to succeed.…

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Self-control and other people

Self-regulation affects more than the self. Healthy relationships and, indeed, social interactions of all sorts depend upon a degree of self-control from the participants. When willpower is depleted, it’s hard to resist tempting but unhelpful behaviour. A study of heterosexual people in committed relationships, for instance, found that when their self-regulation was low they spent more time looking at scantily clad people of the opposite sex in magazine photos. Also, when you feel tired, you are not ready to discuss…

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