The Triple Package

February 19, 2014 -

A recent book tries to explain why some groups succeed in the United States. The authors of a recent article in The New York Times propose “that for all their diversity, the strikingly successful groups in America today share three traits that, together, propel success. The first is a superiority complex — a deep-seated belief in their exceptionality. The second appears to be the opposite — insecurity, a feeling that you or what you’ve done is not good enough. The third is impulse control.” The impulse control, or delayed gratification (or lack thereof) argument is one that keeps appearing while attempting to explain our success or failure to address societal problems.