In the 1960s, the now classic "Marshmallow Experiment" was conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford University. Some four-year-olds were given one marshmallow and promised a second one if they waited twenty minutes before eating the first one. As expected, some children were able to wait and others could not.
What happened next was interesting. The researchers followed the progress of each child into adolescence and discovered that those who waited were assessed to be better adjusted and more dependable according to their parents and teachers. Even more revealing was the fact that these kids eventually scored significantly higher on the SATs years later.
It's no surprise to me that individuals who are willing to put in the effort before seeing rewards are more sensible and perform better in school. What surprised me was that this personality trait could be pre-determined as early as four years old.
Just out of curiosity, I decided to ask Andre what he would do in the marshmallow situation. I didn't bother to ask Lesley-Anne as I knew what the answer would be - she's the queen of delayed gratification. 先苦后甜 is the adage she lives by.
Me: So would you eat the marshmallow or wait to have two?
Andre: But I don't like marshmallows.
Me: Ok, let's say it's something you like to eat.
Andre: I won't eat it, maybe it has poison.
Me: Gnnnnggghhhh, imagine it's not something to eat but something you really like! Say country erasers.
Andre (perking up): Is it Saudi Arabia?
Me: Whatever! So will you take it first?
Andre: I'll wait until the man gives up.
Me: You're not answering my question! Will you take it or wait for another one?
Andre: I'll snatch both and run away.
I think there needs to be another category for suspicious kids.
Performing for Ghosts - Hungry Ghost month came & went. I don't miss the ashes flying about or watching out where I walk in case I trip over some offering. But I do look forward...
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