I can't delay anything. I'm notoriously bad at that. Although I do tend to hyper-focus and that can be parlayed into delayed gratification but it's a very obtuse method. I tend to let my interests override everything else, much to the chagrin of others.
I think it's because I have this crazy tendency to change my interest levels on a whim. I can go from bored to interested in an instant and that wreaks havoc on any attempts at delayed gratification. The inverse is not necessarily true... once I'm there I can last for a long time.
My cold, snide, intellectual life is just a veneer, behind which lies the plywood of loneliness.
"Gifts Differing" lists one of the traits for INJs (dominant Ni function) as a willingness to wait a little longer for things, but not too much longer. That makes sense since by all accounts Se types are a bit impulsive in wanting to see immediate results.
I'm sure you have all heard of "delayed gratification"- the ability to delay or wait and not do something even though you really want it. Instead of giving yourself immediate gratification- for instance eating a really yummy dessert, you push it off and don't eat sweets at least say till you loose those 20 pounds.
I always thought "delayed gratification" meant willing to wait for some greater payoff. Your example is good self-discipline but not really what I think of as "delayed gratification". Are they getting more satisfaction from the dessert than they would if they ate it earlier? Not really.
If given the choice between having something great now, or having something even better later, depending on what it is and how long I have to wait, I usually prefer to delay gratification. I'm generally a patient person who understands the importance of holding out for a big payoff.
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