Willpower as a Dependent Variable
“Overconfidence is built so deeply into the structure of the mind that you couldn’t change it without changing many other things.”
— Daniel Kahneman
And it’s not just overconfidence.
This is why we need habit design. Millions of years of evolution, tribal thinking, and survival adaptations mean if we ever want to approach rationality, we have to design our environments to encourage it.
Habits are a function of environment, time, and rational thought and review outside of the habit event. Willpower, is in there, too, but that’s more of something that develops from the previous three.