Where Do Bad Moods Come From?
The standard theory of bad moods is rooted in a psychological quirk known as ego depletion. Pioneered by Roy Baumeister and Mark Muraven in the 1990s, the basic idea behind ego depletion is that self-control and willpower are limited cognitive resources. As a result, when we overexert ourselves in one domain – say, when we’re on a strict diet, or focused on a difficult task for hours at work – we have fewer resources left over to exert self-control in other domains.
New experimental research speculates that “self-control is inherently aggravating” and that (…) that the labor of self-control directly inspires our tendency towards anger, and not indirectly via a worn down prefrontal cortex.
Good thing it’s whisky time.