The Marshmallow Test | Invisibilia | NPR | 2D Animation

The marshmallow test became the poster child for the idea that there are specific personality traits that are stable and consistent. And this drives Walter Mischel crazy. "That iconic story is upside-down wrong," Mischel says. "That your future is in a marshmallow. Because it isn't."

From Invisibilia Season Two, Episode Two: "The Personality Myth"


Producer: Marcie LaCerte
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