Top Nootropic for SELF CONTROL. Shoot.
-Note: From a behavioral standpoint DISCIPLINE or WILLPOWER is the interplay of three brain functions: Being able to DO what you DON'T WANT do. Being able NOT TO DO what you desire and being able to create a clear picture of where you want to to go in life. -
Nootropics can typically only enhance very distinct cognitive systems such as attention, working memory, retention in long term memory of information processed through working memory, problem solving (via working memory).
For some people, these improvements may amount to improvements in self control, yet there are other factors involved such as the strength of habits that a person has, as well as their underlying motivations for engaging in those habits. People still have psychological needs and no nootropic will simply make those disappear. Different individuals have different psychological needs: some people are almost completely driven by money, status and power; others are driven mainly by the need for validation (of their looks or personality) and for connection; others still may be motivated by curiosity and intellectual stimulation, which can be especially strong as a behavioral motivator as equally as hard to pin down.
For these reasons, motivating factors such as primary needs will always trump whatever slight improvements nootropics might provide.
The above was meant a disclaimer for any nootropics you might consider using for improving self control. As for what would be good nootropics:
- fasting and meditation as suggested earlier
- Modafinil and any smart drug typically prescribed for sleep disorders or ADHD; although stimulants such Adderall can decrease self control if they result in anxiety
- Mucuna pruriens and Rhodiola, which increases release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter implicated in being deficient for people with addictions (a condition of lack of self control)