A series of empirical studies have shed lights on the correlations among personal beliefs about willpower, self-control, and perception of stress. However, previous research on beliefs about willpower were mostly conducted in Western cultures, and thus little is known regarding Eastern culture. Therefore, in this study, we aim to explore the correlations among these three factors within the Chinese context. With the information collected from a total of 279 participants recruited via social media in China, we confirm the strong correlation between beliefs about willpower and self control, as well as perception of stress. Also, we argue that older people tend to perceive less stress, have higher self-control and believe willpower is unlimited. Our findings are essential for the understanding of relationship between self-control, stress and beliefs about willpower in Chinese culture and could further inspire practical strategies for people to improve efficiency through stress control.
Keywords: Self-control, Perceived Stress, Beliefs About Willpower, China
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