Abstraction and Self-Control
PsyBlog profiles a study about increasing self-control by thinking abstractly–thinking about the why of a goal, instead of the how.
[I]t seems you can bolster resistance to temptation by thinking abstractly about the goal you want to obtain because it causes your mind to automatically associate temptations with negativity. Hey presto, more self-control and thank you unconscious mind.
Posted by Will Baum, LCSW