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What are effective methods to overcome the initial psychological resistance towards an unpleasant task?

Background Some self-help books note the difficulty of starting a boring or cognitively-difficult task (relative to maintaining the 'momentum' once the task has been started). Sometimes they describe ...
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If self-control is the executive function to resist temptation, how does the brain decide what is and what is not a temptation?

What determines the "default behaviour" if no self-control is applied? Most documents refer to satisfaction of immediate desire, but that does not seem to explain how quite sophisticated behaviors ...
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Volition v.s. Cognitive Control v.s. Motivational Salience

The concepts of volition, cognitive control, and motivational salience, seem quite similar. From the perspective of layman, they all seem to mean "the extent to which your goals influence your ...
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Does the taste of sugar replenish willpower?

In a post titled Willpower Depletion vs Willpower Distraction the claim is made that: Basically, for a while some researchers believed that willpower depletion "is" glucose depletion in the ...
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Is there any direct or indirect empirical support for the effectiveness of Mel Robbins' five second rule?

Mel Robbin's five second rule Mel Robbins is a motivational speaker who recently published a book (summary, TEDx talk, description) dealing with a simple intervention for individuals who would like ...
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Is there a name for sudden addiction relieving clarity? [closed]

I struggled for years to quit smoking, then after many failed attempts I stopped without any difficulty. I've also experienced this on other things, like when I'll want to do something but I lack the ...
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What is the difference between Avolition and Laziness?

What is the difference between Laziness and Avolition? They seem behaviorally similar. Is the difference cognitive perhaps?
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Are people with high willpower more likely to succeed at keeping a diet then people with lower willpower?

I remember reading that the amount of measured willpower is uncorrelated with dieting success. On the other hand there are various popular article that suggest that there a link. What does the ...