How To Resist Temptation Through Self -Control

Temptation is a desire to engage in short-term urges for enjoyment, that threatens long-term goals. In the context of some religions, temptation is the inclination to sin. Temptation also describes the coaxing or inducing a person into committing such an act, by manipulation or otherwise of curiosity, desire or fear of loss.

In the context of self-control and ego depletion, temptation is described as an immediate, pleasurable urge and/or impulse that disrupts an individuals ability to wait for the long-term goals, in which that individual hopes to attain.

Temptations can have effects on long-term goal attainment, it has been found that individuals who experienced temptation and the effects of it found there were benefits to their experiences.

Religious usage

A research article was written by Vanchai Ariyabuddhiphongs, a professor at Bangkok University, about the motivational and persuasive negative effects of such temptations such as money, that can push one to disregard religious beliefs whether it be Buddhism, Christianity etc.

Non-religious usage

Temptation is usually used in a loose sense to describe actions which indicate a lack of self control. Temptation is something that allures, excites, and seduces someone. Successful endeavors of goal-driven activity is threatened by the tempting nature of immediate pleasure Infatuation can also lead to temptation as someone might do something for love in spite of one’s better judgement.

Measuring temptation

Temptation is measured through indirect and implicit methods. Temptation could be measured using experimental constructs of undesirable situations or through a ‘self-report’ outcome measure of problem behaviors, which leads to the full extent and process of the underlying conflict and the implications that are oftentimes overlooked.

Research has found that components of an assessment that would allow for an individual to precisely understand the influence of self-control and other potential or protective variables on the process, experience, and resolution of temptation.

Expressions of temptation

Generally individuals experience temptations in both positive and negative terms. For example, there is an individual who may experience temptation in the form of fearing the potential negative implications and consequences that can arise, whether it is in the context of standards or accountability related to the self, society, and/or the transcendent, including condemnation from one’s conception of deity, higher power, or sense of responsibility to the universe or nature.

Positive or negative religious coping and constructive or destructive emotions, “the valenced expression of temptation may lead to the salutary versus deleterious effects of temptation”.

Resisting temptation

Self Control is commonly used by an individual to resist temptation. Self-control is considered by some to be a limited resource, which is depleted by use.

Some believe that self-control can be replenished and thus that the immediate effects of an individual’s depleted self-control can be overcome, and that an individual must be able to identify the presence of a temptation (i.e., short-term desire) before self-control can affect an outcome.

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