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I really didn’t mean to buy those shoes

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I usually have great self control, even when it comes to one of my biggest temptations – beautiful shoes. I can go months and months just window shopping, with hardly a twinge of pain when I leave without a new pair.

But all that goes out the window after a bad migraine. As ridiculous as it sounds, I could swear that I sometimes buy shoes by accident during my postdrome. It turns out there might be an explanation for that:

… chronic physical pain leaves people with a perpetual shortage of willpower because their minds are so depleted by the struggle to ignore the pain.

Some scientists think willpower is like a muscle that can get tired, rest, and be trained. Who knew?

Baumeister and Tierney lay out some of the evidence for this idea in Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. As fascinating as the idea sounds, I don’t actually recommend the book. The interesting and useful bits are buried under a whole lot of annoying false buildup and fluff.

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5 Comments

  1. Oh no!  Migraines in the new city!  Sorry to hear that you haven’t been able to run away from them, but at least you have awesome new shoes to cheer you up.

    • No no! I am doing _great_ here migraine-wise. Not a single weather caused migraine yet!

      I do get migraines still if I mess with my sleep schedule or get too hungry or get tense, but I pretty much have controlling those triggers down.

  2. Uh oh! Which ones did you buy?

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