Self-regulation or self-control (terms used interchangeably here) can be defined as the capacity to enact control over one’s behavior. Self-control is needed to override dominant behaviors that may be self-destructive, irrational, or undesirable in the long term. Examples of typical self-control problems include not exercising enough, engaging in unsafe sexual practices, abusing drugs and alcohol, overspending, and not sticking to study schedules“.

Megan Oaten and Ken Cheng, “Improved Self-Control: The Benefits of a Regular Program of Academic Study (2006)