The degree of self-control depends on whether you often lie
Self-control is a concept often used in social psychology, which refers to a person’s ability to quickly control his impulses and change his reaction to something.
We often say that people are selfish. For their own benefit, some people will deceive others. Such examples are endless; but not everyone will deceive others for the immediate benefit, because the cost of lying is often long-term.And far-reaching, it may cause mistrust of others, leading to the loss of more potential benefits.
But, assuming such a dilemma, do people choose to lie or tell the truth?
The answer to this question is pointed out in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Researchers have found that the amount of self-control resources determines whether people will lie under certain circumstances.
We often see on television that sophisticated politicians are always “hidden and angry”. This is a manifestation of strong self-control ability, although they will also have ordinary people like joy, anger, panic, sadness, etc.Have emotions, but in social situations, they control these emotions from being discovered by others.
Although people’s self-control ability is different, everyone’s self-control resources are limited, and this limited self-control resource restricts us to do the “right” thing.
When self-control resources are consumed by some things, we are easily controlled by impulses and cause irrational things. Lying is a typical example.
The researchers invited some college students to participate in this research. They were interned in stages. Before the research, they used some experimental tasks to consume the experimental group’s self-control resources.
Then ask them to answer some questions, and finally determine their compensation based on the number of questions answered correctly.
After they answered the questions, the researchers asked them to put the answers on the paper, but in fact some of the answer sheets had written the correct answers in pencil, but the researchers lied that this was because the answer sheets were not enough.College students can draw their own choices regardless of the spots on the answer sheet.
As a result, those students who did not consume self-control resources were basically filled in according to their answers, while those who consumed self-control resources had more lies and changed their wrong answers to the correct choice.
Such a small experiment illustrates an interesting truth.
In the past, we thought that a person was lying because the person was of bad moral character, and we could easily deny the person because of seeing a little lie of others.
It now appears that they are just at the moment, unable to control their lies.