Science “Discovers” Concupiscence, Temptation and Occasions of Sin

I always find it amusing but very edifying when science confirms what the Catholic Church has been teaching for centuries. Here’s another example, based on research from the Kellogg School of Management:

The study, led by Loran Nordgren, assistant professor of management and organizations at the Kellogg School, examined how an individual’s belief in his/her ability to control impulses such as greed, drug craving and sexual arousal influenced responses to temptation. The research found the sample, on average, displayed a “restraint bias,” causing individuals to miscalculate the amount of temptation they could truly handle, in turn leading to a greater likelihood of indulging impulsive or addictive behavior.

“People are not good at anticipating the power of their urges, and those who are the most confident about their self-control are the most likely to give into temptation,” said Nordgren. “The key is simply to avoid any situations where vices and other weaknesses thrive and, most importantly, for individuals to keep a humble view of their willpower.” (Source)

Science is finally catching up to the wisdom of those centuries-old teachings from the Doctors of the Church. 😉

 

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