The Marshmallow Test

  • by Walter Mischel
  • Narrated by Alan Alda
  • 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it.
A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. What will she do? And what are the implications for her behavior later in life?
The world's leading expert on self-control, Walter Mischel has proven that the ability to delay gratification is critical for a successful life, predicting higher SAT scores, better social and cognitive functioning, a healthier lifestyle and a greater sense of self-worth. But is willpower prewired, or can it be taught?
In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life - from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

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Customer Reviews

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Not a sweet solution pill, but still can be swallowed.

If you could sum up The Marshmallow Test in three words, what would they be?

Academic, through, long.


What other book might you compare The Marshmallow Test to and why?

I first started with "The Willpower Instinct" by Kelly McGonigal and wanted to learn more about the academic research behind it. The Marshmallow Test is a longer, more detailed version of it and to me it sounded more academic. I found the subject fascinating.


Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Alda’s performances?

Not the ones on non-fiction.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Small town boy holds on to his marshmallows, uses them to bribe the class bully and gets rich and famous later in life.


Any additional comments?

I am a fan of Alan Alda, however, I felt like this audio performance has been rushed a little. Most of the time, it gave me the impression that he got the gig and started reading it, without properly emphasizing the sentences. Yes, it was a long book and a lot to read, oh well, nobody can be perfect all the time.

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- Amazon Customer

Great performance, but lacking in content

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy the listen, but it was over before it really told me any more than what was in Joachim de Posada's TED talk on the marshmallow experiments.
So, lovely and enjoyable, but does not really add anything to a 9 min TED talk.
Alan Alda narrates beautifully.

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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio