In this chapter I argue that there is a normative aspect to self-control that is not captured
by the purely procedural account to be drawn from dual process theories of cognition –
which we only uncover when we consider what self-control is for and why it is valuable.
For at least a significant sub-group of addicts their loss of control over their drug use
may not be due to a lack or depletion of cognitive resources. Rather it may be that they
have little confidence in their ability to exert control over their circumstances and shape
the life they would value having and the person they would value being.
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- Dual process theories
- The good life
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- The resigned addict