Journal article

Self-control, fluctuating willpower, and forensic practice

RF Baumeister

The Journal of Forensic Practice | Published : 2013


This article aims to explain the relevance of new findings about self-control and willpower for antisocial behaviour and forensic practice. The relevance of the phenomena is covered first, followed by an exposition of how self-control works. The basic ingredients for effective self-control are standards, monitoring, and willpower. Willpower fluctuates as a function of demands on it (including decision making) and bodily states (including food and rest). Self-control and willpower can be increased, even in adults. Antisocial and criminal behaviour is often mediated by failures of self-control. Remediation and prevention can benefit by applying a correct understanding of how self-control funct..

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