Tuesday, June 16, 2009

To Spoil or Not To Spoil

Last night at about 2am I found a blog with massive spoilers for ep.1 of S3 of Torchwood. I didn't blink and had read the whole thing in 5 seconds flat. It was one of the best spoiler experiences of my life! Torchwood (like my fav. non cancelled show) ep.1 was meant to air at Easter but the cruel BBC have been pushing and pushing it back - until (we hope) settling on July 20th (a slot you give a programme if you want it to die a horrible death may I add - what are the BBC up too?) The trailers have been brilliant so I just couldn't help myself when I found the spoilers. I never do - Bones, Ugly Betty, Battlestar G, in fact every other Torchwood Series I'd read ahead- I simply can't help myself. Would I enjoy the programme more if I didn't know the juicy gossip (and it's really juicy)? Yes.

An interesting point I learnt at sales training back with SOS - Deferred gratification or delayed gratification is the ability to wait in order to obtain something that one wants. This ability is usually considered to be a personality trait which is important for life success. Daniel Goleman has suggested that it is an important component of emotional intelligence. People who lack this trait are said to need instant gratification and may suffer from poor impulse control.

The marshmallow experiment is a famous test of this concept. In the 1960s, a group of four-year olds were given a marshmallow and promised another, only if they could wait 20 minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait and others could not. The researchers then followed the progress of each child into adolescence, and demonstrated that those with the ability to wait were better adjusted and more dependable, and scored an average of 210 points higher on an IQ test.

I'd of ate the marshmallows...

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