Self-control is the ability to regulate one's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The capacity for self-control varies. High levels of self-control allow people to restrain impulsive behavior so they can pursue longer term goals.
Self-control research may be found under the terms willpower and self-discipline.
Research by June Tangney and her team found that college students with high self-discipline also had higher grade-point averages, self-esteem, and relation skills and lower binge eating and alcohol abuse than other students.
ReferenceTangney, J., Baumeister, R., & Boone, A.L. (2004). High self-control predicts good adjustment, less pathology, better grades, and interpersonal success. Journal of Personality, 72, 271–324