Out of Reach and Under Control: Distancing as a Self-Control Strategy

Shana Cole, Janna K. Dominick & Emily Balcetis
In a world where they are inundated with potential temptations, how are successful dieters able to resist the urge to give in to unhealthy foods? Four studies suggest distance is one tool that may enable people to forego temptation. People with strong goals to eat healthy preferred to be farther away from unhealthy foods (Study 1a), which was associated with feeling less tempted by and less likely to give in to them (Study 1b). In...
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