I’m also reading Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. It’s difficult but rewarding, crammed full of interesting information about how we think, decide, choose and act. Lots of it ahs application to ADD or ADHD. There’s almost too much information and it doesn’t seem well organized. The main focus is on how we’re influenced in ways we are not aware of, which is kind of scary, but it’s more than that. His points are backed up by experiments, not just theories. Willpower is addressed, how we use it up and get weaker and more vulnerable. One of the problems of modern life is that we are beset by too many options, and each time we make a choice our willpower and our judgement are diminished for the next choice (think of a supermarket, for example).
I couldn’t hold my questions til I finished (impulsive, impatient), so I e mailed him, and he graciously referred me to Baumeister’s Willpower (which refers us to Adam’s Getting It Done).
I still have questions: if glucose replenishes my willpower, why am I unable to stop after one cookie? (probably because I’ve eaten the second one (and the third) before the glucose has time to kick in?)
Some of the implications are that I need to monitor my level of willpower, and minimize decisions (by making habits, for example), and watch my blood alcohol level.
Alcohol also diminishes our willpower-and judgement and restraint:
One margarita is never enough.
Two margaritas is too many.
Three margaritas is never enough.
Did you happen to notice that this post is crammed with information and not well organized? There is just too much in the book to tell you about. I recommend you read it.
ps Kahneman is a Nobel Prize winner.