For Self-Control, Try a Dog Biscuit?

New research indicates that dogs and humans have some things in common in the willpower department. Psychologists found that for dogs, as for humans, “self-control is a limited resource, one that can and does get depleted.” The researchers found another similarity. Dogs given a “glucose drink” exhibited more self-control; blood-sugar levels have been linked to self-control in humans as well. Holly C. Miller, the study’s lead researcher, believes the findings have implications for human self-control: “People can control their own behavior. When they fail, it is not because they are terrible or weak; it is because they are depleted.” [%comments]


"Sorry Officer, I'll slow down, it's just I lack self control because I skipped my cookie this morning."

I'm sure that will go over well. :)


Well, this explains the vicious cycle I am caught in!

I simply cannot control myself when it comes to Hershey's Chocolate with Almonds--it seems I don't have enough blood sugar.

Then, when I've done the deed, I have enough blood sugar to resist--but too late!


I've known self-control doesn't work since quitting smoking. I tried the self-control route numerous times with no success. Then I became aware of the power of choice. There is no willpower, no self-control, there is only a choice, in this case, not to smoke, made hundreds of times that first day, then fewer over time. I've been smoke-free for nine years and still maintain there's no such thing as willpower or self-control. There are only choices. Whether a dog can choose or not I don't know, I only know what happens in humans: We choose.

Oh, blood sugar helps, perhaps that's why ex-smokers gain weight?

SnotRag Dave

I have to go along with the 'blood-sugar/self-control' meme.

Grabbing a Snickers mid-afternoon usually prevents me from overindulging in dessert that same evening. The sugar & chocolate fix also provides a metabolic boost to help stave off the late afternoon drowsies.