Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Man Dhaaryu Mookvu - Mind Control and Marshmallow

When you were four years old, would you have been able to wait fifteen minutes with a marshmallow staring you in the face for the chance to get another one? This was a classic experiment conducted in late sixties by Walter Mischel a Standford psychology professor. The same experiment was recreated in the video below.

Once Mischel began analyzing the results, he noticed that low delayers, the children who rang the bell quickly, seemed more likely to have behavioral problems, both in school and at home. They got lower S.A.T. scores. They struggled in stressful situations, often had trouble paying attention, and found it difficult to maintain friendships. The child who could wait fifteen minutes had an S.A.T. score that was, on average, two hundred and ten points higher than that of the kid who could wait only thirty seconds."

Although some of his results are anecdotal the idea of controlling the panch vishay, and eleven indriya (the eleventh being the mind) is a central to the not only personal success but spiritual success. This video is a good way to introduce this concept, break it down to something simple then link it to Satsang. It can be shown in almost any sabha - kids are cute and do not need translation.

1 comment:

  1. To play the devil's advocate, here's opposing evidence of this experiment. It's unexpected but not so credible.