Study: Take a bunch of people and put them in a movie theater. Then, play the nastiest movie possible. In this case it was the Japanese horror film “Audition” (I had personally never heard of it but from the description, am actually scared to watch the trailer, haha).
Anyways, tell half the audience to do what they normally would: squirm, scream, close their eyes, shudder, whatever. Tell the others to sit on their hands and try as hard as possible to endure the movie without flinching.
Then stick ’em all in a room with a bunch of booze. Guess what happens? The people that had to force themselves to not react, the ones that had to control themselves, have about 2 times more drinks than the other group.
The study gets at the fact that the human brain has a finite amount of ‘control energy’ and when it’s been expended in stressful situations, the tank becomes empty. So ya, da’s coooo.
But what’s more interesting about this is its implications on the decisions based around stress in our lives. Most people want to lead better lives in some respect. But doing so requires controlling those unwanted impulses. And control requires a tank with some gas in it. So to be a better person, the first step is to decrease stress in your life, then use the resulting gas in the tank to be a badass, haha.