from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Full presence of mind; self-confidence.
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- n. The conscious control of one's own behaviour
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Control over one's own feelings, temper, etc.; self-control.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That equanimity which enables one in any situation to be reasonable and prudent, and to do what the circumstances require; self-control.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
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David Ramsay, a South Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress, warned that “the temptations to drunkenness are so great and so common, as partly resulting from the climate, that great self-command, prudence and fortitude, and a strict discipline of the passions and appetites, are absolutely necessary to maintain the empire of reason over sense.”
I was young then and it would be pleasant to think that now that I am old I am wise and have developed more strength of character and an iron-willed self-command.
The intimate contest for self-command never ends, and lifetime happiness requires finding the right balance between present impulses and future well-being.
The intimate contest for self-command can apply to pleasures as well, and for similar reasons.
Behavioral economists, whose work combines the techniques and ideas of economics and psychology, have long focused on what Thomas Schelling, the 2005 Nobel laureate, called the “intimate contest for self-command” — the all-too-familiar inner conflict between the would-be disciplined self who wants to get up early, exercise, and lose weight and the pleasure-seeking self who prefers to sleep in, watch TV, and eat chocolate.
I was aware also that I should often lose all self-command, all capacity of hiding the harrowing sensations that would possess me during the progress of my unearthly occupation.
Though Odysseus does occasionally yield to temptation — his interlude with Circe is one example — he mastered enough self-command to return to Ithaca.
Readers may be less able to resist thinking of Odysseus' faithful wife, Penelope, as an even better exemplar of self-command.
Education and other forms of enculturation are a way of endowing one of your selves social capital, so that it can prevail more frequently in that intimate contest for self-command.
Sue Storm and her family would probably have been exposed to a lot of flame retardants around the house, particularly since her brother Johnny’s signature superpower was being able to burst into flame, on self-command “Flame On!
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