Uncontrolled Excessiveness

Atualizado: 28 de set.

Ever opened a bar of chocolate to eat a couple of pieces, and then found yourself unable to control your urge to literally finishing the whole bar?

A few years ago, it was even more of a problem as family choc-bars used to contain 200g of either dairy milk, chocolate and hazelnut, fruit and nut, crunchie, or almonds salted caramel amongst others. Over the last few years chocolate factories are reducing the size of the bars to 100g or in some cases just 85g. However, the pricing is on par with the old standard though often priced higher than ever!


Why is it some people make healthy decisions like working out in the morning, and then disrupt it by eating excessive amounts of junk food in the afternoon between meals? In other words, everything they do to look and feel good together with the objective of getting fit and maybe lose weight is reversed!


Why is it that some people are able to save left over income when they receive their salary, only to spend it on their credit card which needs to be settled, and by the subsequent month are either at break-even point, or in debt? In other words, many people have never got enough, overspend, and constantly owe others.


Binge drinking can have serious consequences. Those drinkers who cannot control their urge to down excessive amounts of alcohol are considered alcoholics. They often end up with health issues that include cirrhosis, a chronic liver disease which according to most health practitioners is irreversible.


In hindsight, it is clear there is an alternative method to self-control. Instead of losing it and plunging down the avenue of no return we need to adapt to self-constraint. Easier said than done though!


Self-control is the ability to control our feelings, emotions, and reactions. Many people struggle with self-control. For example, we need self-control when it comes to staying off social media while at work, sticking to a budget, and regulating our sugar intake.


Scientists continue to study the importance of self-control as a force we can tap into for a more successful, satisfying life. Luckily, there's a lot we can do to enhance these abilities.

The ability to keep disruptive emotions and impulses in check is the mark of a seasoned leader.


Therefore, if this subject interests you then click on the link for more information that could be of benefit.


Take care!

Prof. Carl Boniface


Choose the correct answer for the question from the options below.

1. Why is there a discrepancy between past and present chocolate bars?

  • a) It was a problem as family choc- bars used to contain 200g.

  • b) Over the last few years chocolate factories are reducing the size of the bars to 100g or in some cases just 85g.

  • c) There was more chance of binging because chocolate bars contained larger quantities in the past.

  • d) It’s a Sham having to pay as much for less chocolate in each bar.

  • e) Manufacturers are very concerned about helping people with uncontrolled excessiveness.


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Vocabulary builder:

On par with (idiom) = at the same level or standard as (someone or something else) The new version of the software is on a par with the old one. His new book is on par with his best sellers.

Disrupt (v) = disturb, upset, interrupt

Left over (phrasal verb) = spare cash, extra, available, free, surplus, remaining, residual

Binge drinking (n) = the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. "Teenagers as young as 16 admit to binge drinking."

Practitioners (n) = doctors, GPs, physicians, consultants, experts, specialists, general practitioners, health worker

In hindsight (n) = perception of the nature of an event after it has happened. “In hindsight, it's clear there were alternatives.”

Self-constraint (n) = Constraint imposed by oneself on one's actions

Self-control (n) = the ability to control oneself, in particular one's emotions and desires or the expression of them in one's behavior, especially in difficult situations. "Lucy silently struggled for self-control"

Sham (adj) = fake, mock, bogus, farce, deception

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